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Ex-Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball dies at 27 with rare brain condition

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Former Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball died Tuesday morning at 27 years old, his family announced. Ball had been in a coma since December 2018 with a rare congenital brain condition. 

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am. The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace,” wrote Ball’s sister Natalie Myricks in a Facebook post.

Several former teammates showed their sadness on social media at the news of Ball's passing, including Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. 

Raiders offensive tackle Trent Brown played collegiately with Ball the University of Florida, and couldn't help but shed tears. 

The Raiders selected Ball in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He suited up in six games with the Silver and Black as a rookie, collecting five tackles and one sack. 

Ball was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation -- a condition which causes blood vessels in the brain to tangle and rupture -- while playing at Florida in 2011. He recovered to play and recorded 94 tackles in four years with the Gators. 

 

He forever will be missed by the entire Raider Nation.