I'm very sad to pass along that Lavoyda Lenard, the mother of Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 51. This is what I feared was the case when I told you this morning how Brian left the team to deal with a family emergency in Arizona.
Here's more on the horrible news, via the Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher lost the person he once called “my heart” when his mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died unexpectedly Monday. She was 51.Our deepest sympathies go out to Brian and all of those that knew Lavoyda.
“My mother, Lavoyda, unexpectedly passed away Monday at her home in Texas,” Urlacher said in a statement released by the team Wednesday. “My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest. This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you.”
Urlacher has been excused from the team to be with family. His status for the game Sunday in New Orleans has not been determined.
"Hopefully, we'll have Brian ready to go this week," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday, while expressing concern and sympathy for Urlacher and saying he could take whatever time away he needs.
Lt. Brent Smith of the Titus County Sheriff's Office said Urlacher's mother apparently died of natural causes.
And please be respectful of this situation when looking at the football side of things with Brian. He should take all of the time he needs to mourn the loss of his mother.
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