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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Jared Lorenzen, 38, dies from complications of heart, kidney issues

Former Highlands, Kentucky and NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen has died at the age of 38.

Lorenzen’s situation appeared to be serious when the family originally issued a statement in late June.

“Jared began playing a bigger, more important game than he’s ever played before," the statement read. "Jared had not been feeling well for a few weeks and that finally caught up with him. He was brought to the hospital and fairly quickly was admitted to the ICU."

According to his family in a statement to Kentucky Sports Radio, Lorenzen continued "fighting for his life” last night while battling kidney and heart issues as well as an infection.

“Jared’s overnight was uneventful and that is a good thing,” the family stated to KSR. “He remains on Dialysis. He continues to maintain his ground. His cardiac and renal issues remain however his treatment has been effective. Jared is still very sick… but developing some traction and remains a fighter. The entire family thanks you for your support and prayers.”

"Jared is battling an infection, kidney and heart issues. He is fighting with everything he has and his immediate family is by his side. We will attempt to update as often as possible, but please respect that some aspects of this journey are private matters."

The family confirmed the news with a release:

"It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen, would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your support and prayers over the past 6 days. We are deeply saddened to announced the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019. Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family, we would request your respect and privacy. We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared's family and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers."

Lorenzen won state championships at Highlands as a backup in 1996 and stater in 1998. He won Mr. Kentucky Football that same year. He played four seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats before going pro. He still holds the Wildcats record for most career passing yards with 10,354. He served as a backup quarterback for the Giants from 2006 to 2007, where he earned a Super Bowl ring.

In 2018, he founded "The Jared Lorenzen Project" to document his weight loss journey in an attempt to get healthy and provide a blueprint for others who wanted to do the same.

Lorenzen last played football for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League but a broken leg ultimately ended his career.

He will be inducted to the Highlands Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

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