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Former Patriots nose tackle Ron Brace dies

Ron Brace,

New England Patriots rookie defensive lineman Ron Brace (60) takes a break during football minicamp at the team’s practice facility in Foxborough, Mass., Friday morning, May 1, 2009 (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Former Patriots nose tackle Ron Brace was found dead on Saturday evening.

Per, police found no obvious signs as to cause of death and believe it is “not suspicious.” Brace was 29.

“We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace’s death,” a statement released by the Patriots late Sunday afternoon said. “Seven years ago tomorrow (4/25/09), we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College. During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass.

“It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron’s passing.”

A second-round pick in 2009, Brace played in 39 games over four seasons with the Patriots.