Parys Haralson, who was a “beloved” member of the San Francisco 49ers and later, the New Orleans Saints, died on Monday at age 37, the team confirmed in separate statements.
“Parys was a beloved member of our organization that lived life with an extraordinary amount of passion and joy, while leaving an indelible mark on everyone he came across,” the 49ers said. “We extend our condolences to Parys’ family and loved ones.”
His cause of death has not yet been released.
Haralson was selected by San Francisco in the 2006 NFL Draft and went on to play six seasons with the team. He was traded to the Saints in 2013, with whom he played until his final NFL game in 2014.
“Haralson possessed an unforgettable smile, upbeat attitude and was deeply respected by teammates and the coaching staff alike for his combination of dependability, leadership, and professionalism,” the Saints said.
“The organization’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Haralson family,” the franchise said.
Haralson’s cause of death was not publicly released.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Jason Duaine Hahn