Lorenzo Taliafero (Courtesy Photo)

By AFRO Staff

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliafero did not live to see Christmas, dying Dec. 23 from a reported heart attack at the age of 28.

According to news reports, medics responded to a call for medical attention at a residence in Williamsburg, Va., Taliafero’s hometown. 

The patient, identified as the former NFL player, was transported at 3:30 p.m. ET to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, ESPN reported. While an official cause of death has not been announced, a family member told the media that Taliafero had died from a heart attack.

Taliafero joined the Ravens as a fourth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In a standout rookie season, he rushed for an impressive 292 yards and four touchdowns. In all, from 2014 to 2016, he amassed 339 yards and scored five touchdowns in 19 games for the Ravens. However, his time on the field and his career with the Ravens was curtailed by injuries.

Ravens Head Coach Harbaugh expressed his condolences for his former player’s passing in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lorenzo Taliaferro,” he said. “Lorenzo was a kind, smart, respectful, and determined young man — someone always committed to his teammates and well-liked by everyone in our organization. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Lorenzo’s family. May he rest in peace.” 

In his pre-Ravens career, Taliafero was a star at Coastal Carolina University, according to ESPN. In 2013, he ran for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns and was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year.