Cause of death of former professional football player and Bruton Alum revealed

Lorenzo Taliaferro (WYDaily / Courtesy of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

WILLIAMSBURG – The cause of death of professional footballer Lorenzo Taliaferro has been revealed by the medical examiner.

Taliaferro died on December 16, 2020 of cocaine and fentanyl poisoning, on Virginia Chief Medical Examiner’s Office mentionned.

The death was deemed accidental, according to district administrator Donna Price. York County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 100 block from Windsor Lane and found him unresponsive. He was rushed to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. At the time, a family friend said he died of a heart attack.

Taliaferro was only days away from his twenty-ninth birthday.

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Taliaferro was a former Bruton High School in York County. While attending high school in the area, Taliaferro was a two-way street player and helped the school football team to the Group AA, Division 3 state finals and also played in college football for Lackawanna College and Coastal Carolina University. At Coastal Carolina, he was the All-American Subdivision Football Championship.

In 2014, he was co-recipient of the Male Athlete of the Year award from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was voted Male Athlete of the Year in the Grand Sud.

He was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and spent three seasons in Baltimore, totaling 339 rushing yards and five touchdowns from 2014 to 2017 before being sidelined with a injury.

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