When ‘The Hills’ star dies, ‘It will be a shock’
Posted On July 19, 2021
With no immediate details about his condition, the death of star running back Ronnie Harrison in a hospital room in Los Angeles is the latest in a series of deaths of NFL players in recent months that have highlighted the ongoing struggle for safety in the game.
The Hills star, who starred in the 1993 film The Hills, died Wednesday night at a Los Angeles hospital, according to a release from his family.
The cause of death is pending, according the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The release said Harrison was rushed to a hospital on Feb. 17.
It did not elaborate on the nature of his injuries or any other factors that may have contributed to his death.
A friend of Harrison’s, who did not want to be identified, told the Associated Press that Harrison had been a fan of the movie for years.
The actor, who played a running back on the 1990s television series, was a big part of the Hills franchise, appearing in several episodes and playing an “up-and-coming star” on the show.
He played a “loyal and kind” player, the friend said.
The friend also said that Harrison’s death came as a shock to the entire cast and crew.
Harrison’s wife, Lisa, who is also the mother of his children, was also in the hospital Wednesday.
“We are heartbroken to share with you the devastating news that Ronnie Harrison has passed away at the age of 48,” the statement said.
“His passion for his family and the game of football will be with us forever.”
A statement from the NFL Players Association said the “most important thing for us to remember is that our players are human beings who have every right to be at peace and loved and supported.”
The association also called for greater awareness of the importance of playing with fellow humans, especially in sports, and stressed the need for greater communication among players and coaches.
“As a team, we are all committed to creating a safe environment for our players and their families, and we remain committed to working with our league, league officials and our community partners to address these challenges,” the NFLPA said in a statement.