Former NFL Star Ronnie Hillman Dies At Age 31 After Suffering From Rare Form Of Cancer

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Update: This post has been updated to reflect that Hillman passed away Wednesday.

Former Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman passed away Wednesday, according to his family.

He was fighting for his life in hospice while suffering from a rare form of cancer called renal medullary carcinoma.

Hillman’s family released a statement notifying fans that his body is not responding to treatment. He is being kept comfortable and out of pain while in hospice. This type of cancer “is an aggressive form of non-clear cell kidney cancer that typically affects young adults and is almost exclusively associated with sickle cell trait” and tends to affect black males, according to the National Library of Medicine. “Prognosis is extremely poor, with a mean survival of less than a year in most cases,” the library adds.


“As a family, we hope beyond hope, and we have faith that can move mountains,” the family said, according to TMZ. “We also understand that God’s will is not always ours; therefore, we as a family subject ourselves to the will of our Almighty God.” (RELATED: ‘Supernatural’ Actress Nicki Aycox Dead At 47)

On Wednesday, the family posted, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother & father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr. Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends.”

Hillman’s former teammate Orlando Franklin initially revealed the sad news on his Twitter page and asked his Broncos fans and followers to pray for his ailing friend.

Hillman joined the Broncos in 2012, won Super Bowl 50 with the team in Feb. 2016 and was released by the Broncos before the start of the 2016 season. The star athlete also played for the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.

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