Former Raiders Linebacker Neiron Ball Passes Away at 27
Former Florida Gators and Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball has sadly passed away this morning, just a year after suffering a brain aneurysm.
The Sports & Entertainment Group, that represented Ball, released a statement,
“We join the Ball family in thanking the numerous supporters of Neiron and his journey to recovery,” the statement said. “Neiron was a rare and special spirit with the ability to touch anyone he met. His talent was met with relentless drive, no matter the obstacle.
“… Neiron was a loving and cherished father, brother, and teammate. He will be missed dearly.”
Ball suffered a brain aneurysm in December and had to be put in a medically induced coma. He was later taken out of the coma and transferred to a nursing home.
“He hasn’t been in a coma several months. He cries. I tell him to blink two times for yes. He sticks out his tongue,” his sister, Natalie Myricks previously said. “He does more for my husband than me, but that’s always been the case. He can track with his eyes, but he can’t move his legs, arms or neck. He’s developed bed sores because he has to be turned every two hours.”
According to TMZ, he was diagnosed with Brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) a condition characterized by tangled blood vessels in the brain. He became paralyzed in all four limbs.