Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman dead at 31. Fans share heartfelt tributes

Former Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has died at age 31. Hillman’s family shared the tragic news of his death on the athlete’s Instagram page.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr. Ronnie who passed quietly and peacefully today in the company of his family and close friends,” the family said in a statement.

“We, as a family, appreciate the prayers and kind words that have already been expressed. We ask that you give us time to process our feelings as we prepare to lay our precious RJ to rest. More information to come,” the post added in the caption .

The news of his death came a day after his family shared a heartbreaking update on his health via his Instagram account. In an emotional post, Hillman’s family shared that Ronnie was diagnosed with Renal Medullary Carcinoma in August of this year.

“Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) is a rare but highly aggressive neoplastic form of cancer that predominantly affects young African-Americans with sickle cell trait. Unfortunately, treatment has not been successful and our beloved RJ is currently under Hospice Care where he is being kept comfortable and the pain,” the caption added.

“We also understand that God’s will is not always ours; therefore, as a family we submit ourselves to the will of our Almighty God. We need your prayers, but we also need your understanding and respect for Ronnie and the private our family’s life right now,” the family continued in the post.

NFL fans and fans flooded the comments section of the recent Instagram post with tributes for the beloved player. “You fought to finish bro, you are a WARRIOR! I LOVE YOU FAMILY, I AM HEARTBREAKED,” former teammate Omar Bolden wrote.

“Fly high bro, take it easy, I’ll miss you, love you bro, we have great memories,” commented Rice Owls coach CJ Anderson. “Man, hate to see this happen to anyone. Just sad news all round. I know your family will be at peace knowing you are no longer in pain. #restinpower Ronnie,” former Broncos player Nick Ferguson wrote.

Earlier, radio host and former Broncos player David Wolfe shared an update on the talk show about Hillman’s health. “He’s got serious liver cancer and he’s in the hospital right now. He’s not looking good. He’s got pneumonia and I’m just putting it out there to send him positive vibes.”

Former NFL player Orlando Franklin also shared on Twitter that Hillman was in hospice care after battling a rare form of cancer and a bout of pneumonia.

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