Former NFL TE Mitchell Henry Dies, He Was 24


Shortly after being released by the Baltimore Ravens last December, it was revealed that tight end Mitchell Henry was battling leukemia . It was some sad news surrounding the former undrafted free agent of the Green Bay Packers.  No one knew what the future held for Henry. But at just 24 years old, there was no real explanation for the leukemia diagnosis.Henry-Mitchell-Remembrance-950

Sadly, just a month after taking to social media sites to ask for prayers,  as he battled this horrible disease, Henry has passed away.

“Mitchell passed away with leukemia this morning at 3 am. Madison, Lesley, Ben and myself were by his side. We are so proud of Mitchell’s fight with this terrible disease, proud of how he lived his life for the past 24 years, but most of all proud of his faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior,” the family said in a statement on Friday.

Those close to Henry took to social media to pay their respects for a man that was lost way too soon.

A product of Western Kentucky, Henry’s release from the Ravens in December came with a caveat. The team told him that it planned on re-signing him later in the week and told the tight end to remain in the area. Instead, Henry decided to return to his native Kentucky to go hunting with his father and spend time with his wife.

While in Kentucky, Henry went to the doctors. They found a mass in his chest, which led to chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the toughest battle of Henry’s young life resulted in his death during the early morning hours of Friday.

Our thoughts are with the entire Henry family during these most difficult of times.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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