At only 29 years old, Defensive lineman Ron Brace, a 2009 second-round draft choice of the New England Patriots, has died.
Brace’s death was confirmed by the Springfield Police Department in Massachusetts, which said an investigation is ongoing. Springfield Police Captain Robert Strzempek said the cause of death isn’t suspicious.
This is tragic:
We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace’s death,” the Patriots said in a statement. “Seven years ago tomorrow, we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College. During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass. It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron’s passing.”
Boston College special teams coordinator/defensive line coach Al Washington, who played on the Eagles’ defensive line with Brace, announced online that he talked to Brace just two weeks ago to discuss coaching:
— Al Washington (@CoachWash56) April 24, 2016
And his teammates shared messages about losing a friend and talented athlete:
Rest in Peace bro…I'll always remember you smiling and telling jokes…gone way too soon 🙏🏿🙏🏿 (D-Mac) pic.twitter.com/jLTFtNkpWA
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) April 24, 2016
Gone way to soon. R.I.P big fella. pic.twitter.com/hlsAFTvsZo
— Tavon Wilson (@tavonwilson) April 24, 2016
We are praying for Brace’s family during this difficult time. RIP.