Ronnie Hillman, a Tremendous Bowl-winning working again for the Denver Broncos, handed away aged 31 on Wednesday, in keeping with a put up from his household on his Instagram web page.
Hillman was in August recognized with renal medullary carcinoma, a uncommon type of most cancers, in keeping with a press release posted to his social media on Wednesday.
The put up from his household reads, “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother & father, Ronnie Okay Hillman Jr.
“Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned as we speak within the firm of his household and shut pals.”
Renal medullary carcinoma is a extremely aggressive most cancers that primarily impacts folks with sickle cell trait (SCT). It was not instantly clear whether or not Hillman himself had SCT.
San Diego State College (SDSU), Hillman’s alma mater, posted a tribute on their soccer crew’s official Twitter.
“Gone manner too quickly,” it reads alongside a picture of Hillman.
“We’ll miss you, Ronnie,” the put up ends.
On the varsity’s web site, SDSU’s director of athletics John David Wicker wrote, “We’re saddened to listen to concerning the passing of Ronnie Hillman. Ronnie helped resurrect San Diego State soccer in his two seasons in 2010 and 2011 and has not too long ago been across the program providing knowledge and perception.”
SDSU’s head coach Brady Hoke additionally penned a tribute, saying, “Our deepest condolences exit to Ronnie’s household.
“Though I solely acquired to educate him one season, I’ll keep in mind him as an important teammate and arduous employee. Ronnie at all times got here to observe with a smile on this face and his ardour for the sport was contagious. He’ll at all times be an Aztec for Life.”
After two stellar seasons at SDSU the place he scored 36 touchdowns, Hillman was drafted by the Broncos in 2012, serving to the crew to the Tremendous Bowl in 2014 and 2015, in keeping with NFL.com.
The crew have been victorious within the latter over the Carolina Panthers after a season the place Hillman was their main rusher – posting 863 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Hillman hung out on the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers within the 2016 NFL season, earlier than signing with the Dallas Cowboys forward of the 2017 season.
He by no means performed for the Cowboys, having been launched by the crew shortly after signing.
CNN has reached out to the NFL and the Broncos for remark.