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Vontae Davis: Former NFL player found dead in Florida villa aged 35

Former NFL star Vontae Davis has died at the age of 35, according to police.

Officers were called to the football player Florida Villa on Monday morning after a housekeeper discovered his body.

Details of Davis’ death have not been released, but preliminary information suggests “no foul play is involved.”

Broward County property records suggest the nearly $3 million (£2.4 million) home belongs to Adaline Davis, believed to be his grandmother, Sky News’ US partner NBC reported.

Other records indicate that Davis lived in the house.

FILE - Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) presents his gloves to a fan after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Colts won 35-33.  Former Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis was found dead in his South Florida home on Monday, April 1, 2024, but police say no foul play is suspected.  (AP Photo/Weston Kenney, File)
Davis interacts with Indianapolis Colts fans. Image: AP

Davis played in 10 NFL seasons for multiple teams, including the Miami Dolphins (2009-11), Indianapolis Colts (2012-17) and Buffalo Bills (2018).

With the Colts, he was named to the Pro Bowl – the NFL’s all-star game – in two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015.

In 2018, Davis shocked fans when he quit midway through the game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

In a statement at the time, he said: “This is not how I envisioned my retirement from the NFL. But today, on the field, reality hit me hard and fast.”

“I shouldn’t be out there anymore… I meant no disrespect to my teammates or coaches.”

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September 16, 2018;  Orchard Park, NY, USA;  Buffalo Bills defensive back Vontae Davis (22) and defensive back Micah Hyde (23) celebrate their stop on third down in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field.  Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Davis celebrates a win with the Buffalo Bills in 2018. Image: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

In response to the death, the NFL said it was “heartbroken” and the Buffalo Bills said it was thinking of Davis’ friends and family “during this difficult time.”

The Indianapolis Colts said: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Vontae Davis.”

They described him as an “outstanding player” and “an even better teammate who carried a smile and positive energy every day.”

The Miami Dolphins added: “We are heartbroken by the sudden passing of former Dolphins CB Vontae Davis and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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