Former Florida LB Ronald Powell cause of death: What we know

Former Florida LB Ronald Powell cause of death
Former Florida LB Ronald Powell cause of death

The Florida Gators community is mourning the sudden loss of Ronald Powell, a star linebacker who left an indelible mark on the program and beyond.

Gone at the age of 32 on January 15, 2024, his absence leaves a gaping void in the hearts of those who knew him and a gnawing question in the minds of fans and loved ones: what caused his untimely demise?

Former Florida LB Ronald Powell cause of death

The cause of Ronald Powell’s death remains unknown at the moment, however some social media users suggest he committed suicide.

His former teammate, Junior Galette, announced the news on social media, expressing his condolences and praising Powell’s character.

The University of Florida and many fellow athletes have also shared tributes to Powell, remembering his talent, resilience, and positive impact.

His family has requested privacy during this difficult time, and details surrounding his passing are yet to be released.

All about Ronald Powell

Powell, 32, played at Florida from 2010-to-2013, the final season of Urban Meyer’s tenure and Will Muschamp’s first three seasons. He was in the NFL from 2014-16 and then played in the Alliance of American Football.

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Powell, out of Rancho Verde High School in California, was the No. 1 overall recruit in 2010, headlining a star-studded Florida recruiting class.

The final class signed by Urban Meyer at Florida, UF’s 2010 group was the highest-rated class by 247Sports Composite score until Alabama signed its 2021 class.

As a Gator, Powell played in 36 games, making 21 starts, over 4 years. He missed the 2012 campaign after tearing his ACL in the spring and injuring his knee again that fall.

Powell’s Florida career highlights include Freshman All-SEC Team recognition in 2010 when he played in all 13 games, making 1 start.

Powell was Florida’s leader in sacks in 2011 and 2013. He finished with 84 total tackles, including 19 TFLs and 11 sacks.

Opting to forego his remaining college eligibility, Powell was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with pick No. 169.

He played 14 games for the Saints in 2014, but was waived ahead of the 2015 season before rejoining the club and spending time on injured reserve.

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