Sunday April 24th, 2016

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Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace died at the age of 29 on Sunday, according to

According to police, there was no obvious cause of death, and there is no suspicion of foul play.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Brace attended Boston College and was picked by the patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft.

The Patriots released a statement shortly after Brace’s death was announced:

"We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace's death. Seven years ago tomorrow (4/25/09), we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College. During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass. It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron's family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron's passing."

Brace played in 39 games with the Patriots before being released in 2012.

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