Former Patriots defensive back Malik Gant dies at 25

New England Patriots'  Malik Gant plays during an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Former New England Patriots goaltender Malik Gant died in May. He was 25 years old.

Gant died May 25 in Miami, Florida. Details surrounding his death, including his cause, have not been released.

Gant’s family released a statement confirming the news. In it, they called Gant “a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many with his kindness, charisma and unwavering spirit,” per Mass Live.

Part of that statement read:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved member of our family, Malik Gant. Malik was found deceased on May 25, 2023 in Miami, Florida. We are devastated by this unimaginable loss and cry deeply.

“Malik was a remarkable person who touched the lives of many with his kindness, charisma and unwavering spirit. He will be remembered as a loving son, dear brother, devoted grandson , a valued teammate and a dear friend to countless people. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts.”

After walking to Marshall, Gant worked his way into a sophomore starting spot. He was named to the Conference USA All-Conference preseason team prior to the start of his junior year.

Gant was undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, but was picked up by the Patriots ahead of the regular season. He was placed on injured reserve in August due to injury and missed his entire rookie season. Gant was then cut by the Patriots the following July.

Gant spent the 2020 season out of the NFL, but signed with the Patriots a month before the start of the 2021 NFL season. He appeared in at least two of the team’s three preseason games that season before being waived before the start of the regular season.

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