Former Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus died on Thursday at the age of 32 after suffering a heat-related illness, officials said.
Petrus was in his home state of Arkansas when he reported feeling ill after workin all day outside and in his family's shop. The Pulaski County Coroner said the cause of death was a heatstroke.
A heat advisory was in affect for most of Arkansas on Thursday as temperatures reached the mid-90s with the heat index making it feel hotter than 100 degrees, per the National Weather Service.
Petrus was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with Big Blue and was a member of the 2011 Super Bowl championship team, starting three games at left guard that year. He also played with the Patriots and Titans in 2012 before his career came to an end.
"We are saddened to hear of Mitch's passing," the Giants said in a statement on Friday. "Our thoughts go out to Mithc's family and friends."
Other teammates, such as Rich Seubert and Lawrence Tynes shared their condolences on social media.
Mitch was not only great teammate, he was also a great friend. You will be missed by many buddy. RIP Mitch https://t.co/vCIWpLDRC7- Rich Seubert (@RichSeubert69) July 19, 2019
RIP Mitch Petrus, another loss to our Giants family way too young. Fun dude who played hard. Prayers to his family and friends 🙏🙏- Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) July 19, 2019
Petrus played collegiately at the University of Arkansas and was voted All-SEC as a guard in 2007.