Authorities say the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis was administered Narcan after being found unresponsive in a central Florida home on Wednesday.
According to the Casselberry, Florida police department, they responded to a medical emergency call at 5:34 p.m.
Authorities found a man who was unresponsive and later identified as Ray Anthony Lewis III, 28. He was transported by the Seminole County Fire Department to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Lewis was not breathing when police arrived on the scene. His friends told police he had been “acting strange” but it was unclear if he had been using drugs or alcohol. The report said one friend was screaming, “he needs Narcan!”
An officer gave Lewis Narcan, which is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation, but that was not successful. Officers searching the home also found a used needle, a small plastic bag, which was found near a beer can, and an apparent anti-anxiety pill, according to the report.
Lewis III played running back and attended Lake Mary Prep High School in Florida, rushing for 5,283 yards and 53 touchdowns in three seasons.
He was rated as a three-star running back as a recruit and went on to play on the practice squad for the University of Miami, his father’s alma mater. He later transferred to Coastal Carolina and then Virginia Union, recording 37 tackles for the Panthers in 2017.
Lewis’ younger brother Rahsaan Lewis shared the news of his death on social media Thursday.
“Really can’t believe I’m even typing this but RIP big brother,” read the tribute posted to his story on his verified Instagram account. “I pray you’re at peace now because I know how much you [were] really hurting.”