Former NFL quarterback and record-setting Kentucky signal called Jared Lorenzen dies at the age of 38 after a battle with cardiac and renal issues.
“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your support and prayers over the past 6 days,” Lorenzen’s mother, Janet Hermes, said in an official statement. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019.
“Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family, we would request your respect and privacy at this time. We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared’s family, and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lorenzen struggled with his weight during and after his playing career, and was hospitalized last week.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Jared Lorenzen’s passing,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement.
“He was a true Wildcat and a man whose love for the University of Kentucky was plain to see well after his playing days were over.”
“We competed against each other in college and came to the Giants together,” New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will always remember his competitive spirit and his good nature. Jared has left us all way too soon.”
We lost a great one too soon today. Our hearts are with the Lorenzen family.
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— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 3, 2019