Parys Haralson, former linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, has passed away. He was 37.
News of Haralson's death was confirmed in a statement by the NFC team on Monday (September 13).
"Parys was a beloved member of our organization who lived life with an extraordinary amount of passion and joy while making an indelible mark on everyone he met," said the 49ers. "We offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Parys."
The cause of Haralson's death is not yet known.
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Haralson was drafted in the 2006 NFL Draft from San Francisco and played with the team for six seasons. It was traded to the New Orleans Saints in 2013 and played its last game a year later.
"Haralson possessed an unforgettable smile, an upbeat attitude and was respected by teammates and the coaching staff alike for his combination of reliability, leadership and professionalism," the Saints said in a statement. "The thoughts and prayers of the organization go with the Haralson family."
After his playing career, Haralson was director of player engagement for the 49ers for two seasons.
Adam Snyder, a former teammate and player in the 49ers, remembered Haralson as a great man.
"Parys Haralson was one of the biggest guys in the locker room for many years," wrote Snyder on Twitter. “He made everyone around him smile. We've had some tough years and he's always been the type to look forward to. That hurts.
Ryan Sakamoto, another Haralson's Niners teammate, described him as someone who would make him laugh.
"My good friend and former 49ers OLB Parys Haralson has died," wrote Sakamoto on Twitter. “I literally spoke to him not that long ago. Parys, I will miss our conversations and your unwavering support. You always made me laugh and put a smile on my face while putting others first. God wins an angel. RIP. "