Former NFL tight end and Western Kentucky standout Mitchell Henry died Friday of complications from acute myeloid leukemia. He was 24.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of Mitchell’s passing this morning,” Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement. “Mitchell was as committed to his teammates, his University, his friends and his family as anyone you will ever find, and we were so fortunate to have him as part of our Hilltopper family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his lovely wife Madison, and all of those who were blessed to have known Mitchell.”
Henry signed with the Green Bay Packers in May 2015 after going undrafted and was released by the team during the team’s 53-man roster cuts. After being claimed off waivers by the Broncos, he played in two games with Denver before being released and returning to Green Bay in October 2015.
Remaining with the Packers into the 2016 season, he was placed on injured reserve in August with a groin injury. He was waived in September 2016 and was on the Baltimore Ravens‘ practice squad for three days in November before getting cut.
Days later, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia after doctors discovered a mass in chest, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported.
“We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Mitchell Henry,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “During his time with the Packers, he quickly became a beloved member of our family and made a terrific impression on everyone in our organization. We were fortunate to have had him in our lives.
“On behalf of the Packers family, we offer our condolences to Mitchell’s wife, Madison, and his family and friends.”
Henry finished with 1,094 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during his time at Western Kentucky.