TMZ Sports reported that former eight-time NFL Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy passed away on Tuesday.

According to Seattle Times, the cause of death is still unknown and won’t be known until about 10-12 weeks from now.

Details have emerged on ailments Kennedy had prior to his death, including the 48-year-old former NFLer complaining of headaches. He also apparently had diabetes and was forced to cancel an appearance at a Special Olympics event scheduled for Thursday in Seattle for undisclosed reasons. He reportedly told a neighbor that he wasn’t feeling well in the days leading up to his death.

Kennedy also had decreased his travelling, specifically to Seahawks games due to increasing back issues.

According to the report, the Orlando Police Department said there was nothing suspicious in his death and that he was “unattended” at the time. He was reportedly found alone and unresponsive in his house.

Kennedy had a standout career at Miami before being drafted with the No. 3 overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 1992.

As a defensive tackle, Kennedy soon proved to be a force to be reckoned with, winning the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award after recording 14 sacks and 92 total tackles.

Kennedy played 11 total seasons in the NFL, all with the Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Kennedy’s No. 96 was retired by the Seahawks in 2013.

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