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TAMPA, FL - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Geno Hayes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)


Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes has died at age 33.

Two years ago, Hayes was diagnosed with liver disease and had been waiting for a liver transplant.

Hayes had also played with the Bears and Jaguars through his career and was linebacker for the Florida State Seminoles.

The Buccaneers shared a statement reading, “We are deeply saddened to learn of Geno Hayes’ passing. During his time with the Buccaneers, Geno was a beloved teammate and often the first player to volunteer his time to our efforts in the community. He frequently visited schools and had a remarkable ability to connect with children. Losing him at such a young age is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with his family.”