NFL Ravens legend Ray Lewis’ 28-year-old son found dead in Casselberry due to drugs abuse

Sometimes the players are in the news not just for their wins, but also for their devastating losses. Former Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens discovered him among the last to write his name on the list of unfortunates, following Shaquil Barrett.

The heartbreaking news appeared as a bolt from the blue for the whole Lewis family and for the NFL world also as his elder son Ray Lewis III kicked the bucket recently.

What happened to Ray Lewis’ son?

Lewis III, one of the former Ravens linebackers’ five children, passed away on Wednesday. Around 5 p.m. on that day, the police responded to an emergency call from Lewis III’s friends and arrived at a Casselberry home where they discovered the 28-year-old to be unresponsive.

As soon as they arrived, they discovered him receiving CPR from a friend.  His other friend was inside the house screaming for Narcan and after being taken to Advent Health Altamonte he was pronounced dead.

Ray Lewis' Son, Ray Lewis III, Dead at 28

The Casselberry police noticed a blue pill close to Lewis’ body, along with an expired needle and a tiny bag of plastic inside of an empty beer can, after thoroughly searching his home. Police initially identified accidental overdose as the cause of death; however, a medical examination will reveal the true cause, which will be made public.

Although his younger brother Rahsaan Lewis posted about his brothers’ passing on Thursday in an Instagram story, the family chose not to go to the media or give any specific details regarding the cause of the deaths.

“Really can’t believe I’m even typing this but RIP big brother,” he wrote. “A true angel I pray (you’re) at peace now because ik how much you was (really) hurtin … I love you I love you I love you.”

Rashaan Lewis posted a tribute to his older brother, Ray Lewis III, who died at 28.

Did Ray Lewis III play football?

The former illustrious Ravens’ LB, who played for the team from 1996 to 2012, was able to make his presence felt in the NFL and establish himself as a Hall of Famer by recording victories in the 2000 and 2012 Super Bowls and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003.

However, like his father, his older son played college football in Miami and followed in the father’s footsteps and was a running back in high school at Lake Mary Prep in Florida, where in three seasons he rushed for 5,283 yards and 53 touchdowns.

The 28-year-old spent a year studying at the University of Miami before moving on to Coastal Carolina and eventually Virginia Union. After that, Lewis committed to playing for the Wyoming Mustangs in the Champions Indoor Football League in 2021.

Ray Lewis III, son of Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, dies at 28 | CNN

“Great young man and a better teammate,” his Virginia head coach Diego Ryland told TMZ Sports. “The entire Virginia Union University community is praying for the family as they deal with the loss of Ray.”

The Lewis family has received the NFL community’s sincere sympathies during this extraordinarily trying time, and we hope that they find comfort and solace.


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