Suspected Overdose Claims Life of Ray Lewis III, Son of Ravens Icon

The world of American football is mourning the loss of a young talent.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Suspected Overdose Claims Life of Ray Lewis III, Son of Ravens Icon

The world of American football is mourning the loss of a young talent. Ray Lewis III, the son of two-time Super Bowl champion, Ray Lewis, passed away from a suspected overdose, according to a police report received on Saturday.

Ray Lewis III, following in the athletic footsteps of his father, had made his own mark in college football. From his early career at Coastal Carolina to his final season at Virginia Union, his prowess and determination on the football field were unmistakable.

"A Tragic Accident"

According to the police, "The evidence and witness accounts show this incident to be a tragic accident." The statement paints a sorrowful picture of a young life cut short unexpectedly. Mark James, Lewis's former coach at Virginia Union, was among those who expressed their shock and sorrow.

In a telephone conversation with The Associated Press on Friday, he said, "He was a great kid. He played hard, and it was a pleasure knowing him." Ray's younger brother, Rahsaan Lewis, also expressed his grief via his Instagram story on Thursday.

In a heartfelt post, Rahsaan wrote, "Really can't believe I'm even typing this, but RIP big brother."

An Impactful Player on the Field

Mark James recalled the impact Ray had on the field and within the team.

He was not just a player but also an individual ready to face the challenges of education and football, treating it as a business. "I think by the time we got him, he was ready for the business of going to school and finishing and playing football and being an impact (player)," James shared.

"He was a hard worker." At Coastal Carolina, Lewis's potential was evident. He played 12 games at cornerback, amassing 19 tackles. His performance continued to impress at Virginia Union, where he recorded 37 tackles in 2017.

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