Former Detroit Lions linebacker Jessie Lemonier passed away at the age of 25, the team confirmed on Thursday, January 26.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier,” the Lions said in a statement, adding, “Jessie was a model teammate and wonderful young man who is gone far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

His agent, Drew Smith of DEC Management, told that Lemonier and his girlfriend were expecting a child.

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Who was Jessie Lemonier?

Jessie Lemonier was born on January 31, 1997, in Hialeah, Florida.

He was an American football outside linebacker. He played for the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League (USFL). Following his college football career with the Liberty Flames, he was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020 as an undrafted free agent. Although he was waived during final roster cuts, he was signed to the team’s practice squad the next day.

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He was elevated to the active roster of the Los Angeles Chargers in December 2020. In August 2021, he was waived by the Chargers. In September of the same year, he was signed by the Detroit Lions practice squad. Although he was promoted to the active roster in October, he was waived in May 2022.

In the 2023 XFL Draft, Lemonier was selected by the American football team Arlington Renegades. However, he decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL in December 2022. His playing rights were immediately traded to the Birmingham Stallions.

Lemonier passed away on January 26, 2023. The cause of his death was not released.