Former NFL Linebacker's Cause of Death Revealed

Parys Haralson suffered a stroke at age 37
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2021 7:28 PM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2022 4:40 PM CDT
Former San Francisco 49ers Parys Haralson Dead at 37
In this Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, file photo, New Orleans Saints' Parys Haralson is seen before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

(Newser) Update: It was a stroke that killed 37-year-old former NFL player Parys Haralson last year. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office determined that Haralson suffered a ruptured blood vessel or vessels in the brain and listed the manner of death as "natural," reports USA Today. The autopsy report makes note of "multiple concussions" sustained by Haralson during his football career, though they were not listed as a contributing factor in his death. Our original story from September follows:

A sad day for the San Francisco 49ers: The team is mourning former linebacker Parys Haralson, who has died at the age of 37. The team says Haralson died Monday, ESPN reports. No cause of death was disclosed. Haralson's 9-year NFL career included seven seasons with the 49ers, from 2006 to 2012. He then spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints before retiring from the NFL. "The 49ers are heartbroken and shocked by the news of Parys' tragic passing," the team said in a statement. "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."

Haralson, who grew up in Mississippi, was a two-time captain for the Volunteers during his years at the University of Tennessee. He "finished his career 5th in program history with 21 sacks," Tennessee Football tweeted. After his playing career ended, he was the 49ers' director of player engagement from 2016 to 2018, reports Sports Illustrated.

Numerous former teammates paid tribute to Haralson on social media. "Parys Haralson was one of the greatest dudes in the locker room for many years," tweeted former 49ers offensive guard Adam Snyder. "He made everyone around him smile. We had some tough years and he was always a guy I looked forward to seeing. This hurts. Miss you already P Town." (Read more San Francisco 49ers stories.)

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