(WKBN) — Multiple published reports say that former Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Chris Smith has reportedly died at the age of 31.
The cause of death is currently unknown, but his former high school football team posted condolences on social media.
In a statement, the Browns expressed their sorrow regarding the tragic news.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Browns DE Chris Smith. Chris was one of the kindest people, teammates and friends we’ve had in our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Just last month, Smith signed with the Seattle Sea Dragons of the XFL.
Smith spent the 2018-19 seasons with the Browns and played in 25 games with three forced fumbles and a sack.
In 2019, tragedy struck for Smith when his girlfriend was killed in a roadside car accident.
Smith was originally a fifth-round draft selection by Jacksonville in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Arkansas.
He played three seasons with the Jaguars. He also spent time in the NFL with the Bengals, Raiders, and Texans.