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Orlando Brown's Death Was The Result Of Rare Medical Condition

The death of former Browns' offensive tackle Orlando Brown has been linked to a rare medical condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis, which is rarely fatal but was in Brown's case, and might have been a condition that Brown himself was unaware of, according to this story via Fox Sports.


Brown died two weeks ago at the age of 40.


Maryland chief medical examiner David Fowler said that there was no indication that Brown was ever treated for diabetes. And if left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to kidney failure, cause fluid to build up in the brain, force a coma, or cause the body to shut down completely, sometimes in a matter of weeks.


Brown played for Cleveland in 1994-1995 and also in 1999, when he was involved in an incident where he was hit in the eye by a penalty flag and missed three seasons before returning to the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003; he finished his career in Baltimore, retiring after the 1995 season. The stint with the Ravens was his second, as he played for the ex-Browns from 1996-1998.

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