Former NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen died Wednesday at the age of 38, his mother confirmed to ESPN's Russ Dinallo.
"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 six days," Lorenzen's family said in a statement to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.
"We are deeply saddened to announce 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."
Lorenzen was taken to hospital last week and was quickly admitted to the intensive care unit with heart and kidney issues, as well as an infection.
Affectionally known as the "Hefty Lefty" during his playing career, Lorenzen became a fan favorite while starting four seasons for Kentucky thanks to his record-setting production and rare size.
He was the NFL's heaviest quarterback during a three-year stint with the New York Giants, weighing in at 285 pounds. In 2017, he revealed he weighed as much as 500 pounds in retirement before starting a documentary series profiling his weight loss.
Lorenzen remains Kentucky's all-time leader in passing yards.