Tony Siragusa, a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, passed away on June 22, 2023 at the age of 55. His death shocked and saddened the NFL community, who remembered him as a larger-than-life personality and a key member of the Ravens’ record-setting defense that won the Super Bowl in 2000. But how did Tony Siragusa die? What was the cause of his death? Here are some details that have emerged about his tragic passing.
CPR in Progress
According to TMZ, police investigating his death revealed that he received CPR at a home in Toms River, New Jersey before passing away. Police were informed of “CPR in progress” at 11.45 am before being dispatched to the scene. An autopsy report detailing the cause of death is pending. Jim Ornstein, the former NFL player’s broadcast agent, confirmed the news of his death.
Died in His Sleep
While the official cause of death has not been released yet, some sources have claimed that Siragusa died in his sleep. According to NFL insider Aaron Wilson, Siragusa died in his sleep. This was also echoed by Shannon Sharpe, who was Siragusa’s teammate in Baltimore and a co-host of Fox Sports Undisputed. Sharpe said that he was heartbroken and crushed by the news and that he had talked to Siragusa the night before he died.
Speculations and Rumors
In the absence of a clear explanation for Siragusa’s death, some speculations and rumors have circulated on social media. Some of his fans and colleagues have stated that his obesity must have triggered a sudden heart attack that became the cause of his death. Whereas some feel that it was because of the COVID-19 vaccine that Siragusa suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep. However, these are unconfirmed and unsubstantiated claims that have no basis in facts.
A Beloved Figure
Regardless of the cause of his death, Tony Siragusa will be remembered as a beloved figure in the NFL world. He was known for his humorous and outgoing personality, his pranks and jokes with his teammates and coaches, and his passion and intensity on the field. He played 169 games across 12 NFL seasons, winning a Super Bowl ring and registering 22 sacks and five forced fumbles. He also had a successful career as a broadcaster, analyst, and actor after retiring from football.
Many in the NFL community paid tribute to Siragusa after his passing. Ravens owner Steve Biscotti issued a statement saying that he was stunned and heartbroken to learn about Siragusa’s death and that he was a special person and one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Former teammate and linebacker Ray Lewis said he loved Siragusa like a brother and that he was a one-of-a-kind person who made him feel important and special. Many other former players, coaches, fans, and media personalities also expressed their condolences and shared their memories of Siragusa.
Tony Siragusa’s cause of death may remain unknown for some time, but his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him and admired him. He was a rare talent who brought joy and laughter to many people. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace, Goose.