Ronnie Hillman, a Super Bowl-winning working again for the Denver Broncos, handed away aged 31 on Wednesday, in accordance with a submit from his household on his Instagram web page.
Hillman was in August identified with renal medullary carcinoma, a uncommon type of most cancers, in accordance with a press release posted to his social media on Wednesday.
The submit from his household reads, “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother & father, Ronnie Ok Hillman Jr.
“Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends.”
Renal medullary carcinoma is a extremely aggressive most cancers that primarily impacts folks with sickle cell trait (SCT). It was not instantly clear whether or not Hillman himself had SCT.
San Diego State College (SDSU), Hillman’s alma mater, posted a tribute on their soccer crew’s official Twitter.
“Gone way too soon,” it reads alongside a picture of Hillman.
“We’ll miss you, Ronnie,” the submit ends.
On the varsity’s web site, SDSU’s director of athletics John David Wicker wrote, “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Ronnie Hillman. Ronnie helped resurrect San Diego State football in his two seasons in 2010 and 2011 and has recently been around the program offering wisdom and insight.”
SDSU’s head coach Brady Hoke additionally penned a tribute, saying, “Our deepest condolences exit to Ronnie’s household.
“Although I only got to coach him one season, I’ll remember him as a great teammate and hard worker. Ronnie always came to practice with a smile on this face and his passion for the game was contagious. He’ll always be an Aztec for Life.”
After two stellar seasons at SDSU the place he scored 36 touchdowns, Hillman was drafted by the Broncos in 2012, serving to the crew to the Super Bowl in 2014 and 2015, in accordance with NFL.com.
The crew had been victorious within the latter over the Carolina Panthers after a season the place Hillman was their main rusher – posting 863 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Hillman hung out on the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers within the 2016 NFL season, earlier than signing with the Dallas Cowboys forward of the 2017 season.
He by no means performed for the Cowboys, having been launched by the crew shortly after signing.
CNN has reached out to the NFL and the Broncos for remark.