Former Denver Broncos player Ronnie Hillman has passed away at the age of 31.
According to reports, Hillman succumbed to his long battle with cancer. His family made the heartbreaking announcement on social media. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother & father, Ronnie K. Hillman Jr.”
The statement continued, “Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends. We as the family, appreciate the prayers and kind words that have already been expressed. We ask that you would give us time to process our feelings as we prepare to lay our precious RJ to rest.”
Hillman Jr. was diagnosed with Renal Medullary Carcinoma in August 2012, which is a rare form of cancer that affects those with the sickle cell trait. His former teammates reached out to fans asking them to keep Hillman in their prayers.
Ronnie Hillman Jr. played in the NFL for six seasons on various teams including the Vikings, Chargers, and the Cowboys. In 2015, he was a part of the Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50 and they defeated Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
We will keep Hillman’s family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.