Carolina Panthers first-round star and Jackson State star Richard Anderson dies aged 45

Richard Anderson, in the first round of selection Carolina Panthers In the 2000 NFL Draft, he died. Oh what 45.

Anderson’s death was confirmed by the Panthers, who said he died Wednesday in Mississippi, and by Jackson State UniversityWhere he was a local star from 1996 to 1999.

Anderson’s cause of death was unknown Thursday morning.

“Our condolences to his family and loved ones,” Al-Fahud said in a statement.

Anderson was selected by Carolina with the 23rd overall pick in the 2000 draft and played in 27 games – nine games – for the Panthers. He was suspended for the entire 2003 season for violating a drug policy and never played in the NFL again.

Anderson helped Jackson State win the Southwestern Athletic Conference as a rookie in 1996 and led the Tigers to the SWAC Eastern Division title in 1999. He was joined by teammate Sylvester Morris (Kansas City Chiefs21st place) as a first-round pick in the 2000 draft.

“Today is a sad day for the JSU family,” Ashley Robinson, Jackson State Vice President and Director of Athletics, said in a statement Wednesday. “Richard was one of the best players in the history of our football program and a special person. He attended the spring football game in April and was excited for the show’s return to the tournament. The Jackson State University will always remember Richard, and our prayers are with his family at this time.