Geno Hayes has passed away at the age of 33 following a battle with chronic liver disease, according to multiple reports.
The former Florida State Seminoles and NFL linebacker, who had been under hospice care at his parents’ home in Georgia, died Monday evening.
Frankie Carroll, who coached Hayes at Madison County High School, told the Democrat he was informed of the player’s passing by Hayes’ family.
“It’s one of those things where you have to make sure you tell them you love them,” said Carroll.
Hayes told ESPN earlier this year he was diagnosed with “chronic liver disease” two years ago. He also said he had been placed on a waiting list for a transplant at the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern Medicine.
“Geno’s mom kept the house immaculate, spotless – and she was so mad,” Carroll said and laughed.
After playing three seasons at FSU — Hayes would go on to play seven seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished his pro career with 401 tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
Hayes’ last year in the NFL was 2014.