Heartbreaking news has broken out in Arkansas on Friday.
32-year-old former New York Giants offensive lineman and Super Bowl winner Mitch Petrus died of heat stroke after working outside in triple-digit temperatures in his native Arkansas, officials revealed on Friday.
Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs informed NBC News that Petrus, who played three seasons in the NFL, was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. Thursday at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.
“He was working at his family shop, outside … and suffered heat stroke,” Hobbs said. “He was drinking water but not enough electrolytes.”
Officials do not believed that Petrus had any serious pre-existing medical condition that contributed to his heat-stroke death.
The high temperature in Little Rock on Thursday was 92 degrees, with a heat index of 103 degrees. The temperature has gotten lethal…
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus,” according to a statement from the University of Arkansas . “He was an outstanding competitor, incredible teammate and a true Hog. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest easy Mitch.”
Source: ABC News · Photo Credit: Zuma Press