The family of Jake Ehlinger released a statement on Thursday announcing that he died from an accidental drug overdose earlier this year.
“Today we are sad to share that we have learned that Jake was a victim of an accidental overdose of what was believed to be Xanax laced with toxic drugs including deadly Fentanyl,” the family said in the statement. “The spread of counterfeit pills is an ongoing and significant issue throughout our country, particularly in schools, colleges and universities.”
The family also said that they hope that Ehlinger’s story sheds light on the drug problem and prevents other families from tragically losing a loved one.
The former University of Texas linebacker was found dead in an off-campus residence on May 6, but the cause of death remained unknown. He was 20-years-old.
A funeral for Ehlinger was held in the family’s hometown, Austin, at the Riverbend Church for Hope on May 12.
Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian described the linebacker’s death as a “tragedy beyond measure.”
Ehlinger’s older brother, Sam, is a former Longhorns quarterback and currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts. Their father, Ross, died in 2013 from a heart attack during a triathlon at the age of 46.