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Tributes have been paid to ex-NFL star Neiron Ball, who's died aged 27.
He had a rare congenital brain condition, and had been in a coma for the past ten months, his family said.
The former linebacker made six appearances for Oakland Raiders.
Posting on Facebook, Neiron's sister Natalie Myricks wrote: "We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4.15am.
"The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations and immense support of Neiron and his recovery.
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"Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace."
Before breaking into NFL, Ball was a successful college footballer with Florida Gators at the University of Florida.
In 2011, he collapsed during a football practise and was rushed to hospital.
He was diagnosed with brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a condition which sees blood vessels become tangled in the brain.
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It is extremely rare, and reportedly affects less than 1% of the population.
Ball's former team paid tribute to him, with the Gators writing on social media: "Rest in Peace, Neiron. You'll be forever remembered and always missed.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time."
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