NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy has passed away in Orlando at the age of 48, TMZ reports.
Orlando Police Department public information officer Wanda Miglio said the former Seattle Seahawks star was found dead on Tuesday morning.
While the circumstances surrounding Kennedy’s death are still unknown, it is believed there was “nothing suspicious.”
An investigation is currently being carried out.
Kennedy played for the Miami Hurricanes and was later drafted to the Seattle Seahawks in 1990, according to Fox Sports. He spent his 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks and went on to make eight Pro Bowls. Kennedy was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990s and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Several NFL legends, players, and coaches have paid tribute to Kennedy on social media following the news of his passing.
“My heart hurts,” current Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt tweeted. “We lost a truly great player but even better person.”
“Really sad to lose a guy like Cortez Kennedy,” Broncos’ general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday. “A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him.”
David Baker, the president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, issued this touching statement:
“The entire Hall of Fame family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn the news of Cortez Kennedy’s passing. On behalf of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, Cortez’s fellow Hall of Famers, and our staff, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field. He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans.
Although he left this earth far too soon, the Hall of Fame pledges to keep his legacy alive forever in Canton.”
Shocked at Cortez Kennedy passing..1 of the most talented players I ever recruited or coached…a fun loving person a sad day..
— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) May 23, 2017
In 1990 Seahawks draft Cortez Kennedy 3rd overall. Great career, great man. Now gone at 48. RIP Tez. NFL HOF, Seahawk ROH, ARK. BHOF.
— Jim Zorn (@JimZorn10) May 23, 2017
— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) May 23, 2017
— Ricardo Lockette (@RicardoLockette) May 23, 2017
My heart goes out to Cortez Kennedy and his family #RIP
— jerryrice (@JerryRice) May 23, 2017
R.I.P Cortez Kennedy… Gone way too early. Thanks for always sharing knowledge to a young buck like me… #TheU
— Reggie Wayne (@ReggieWayne_17) May 23, 2017
Hall of Fame DT Cortez Kennedy has passed away at age 48. pic.twitter.com/9LL6EDirQe
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 23, 2017
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