Former Raiders and Florida Gators Linebacker Neiron Ball Dies at 27

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Linebacker Neiron Ball #58 of the Oakland Raiders warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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We have some truly devastating news to report out from the Florida Gators and Oakland Raiders community.

Just one year after being admitted to an Atlanta hospital following a brain aneurysm, former Gators and Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball passed away Monday morning at the young age of 27.

His captivating personality made him a fan favorite at every stage of his football career. Ball's sister, Natalie, was his best friend and took to Facebook in a gut-wrenching manner to confirm her brother's death.

"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 9, 2019 at 4:15 am," her post read. "The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace."

While at Florida, Ball was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVN), a rare condition in which brain blood vessels rupture due to being tangled. 

If not for his severe medical conditions, Ball could've had a promising career in the NFL. Back in 2011, he was forced to sit out of Florida's season after it was discovered his brain was bleeding.

Our thoughts go out to his family during these pressing times.