ASHBURN, Va., April 30 (UPI) -- Former Washington Redskins linebacker Kevin Mitchell has died at age 36.
WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y., said Mitchell died overnight Sunday at his home in Ashburn, Va., and an autopsy was performed Monday by the Virginia state medical examiner's office. A cause of death had not been announced.
A second-round pick of San Francisco in the 1994 draft out of Syracuse University where he played nose guard, Mitchell played 10 NFL seasons as a linebacker with the 49ers, New Orleans Saints and Redskins.
Mitchell spent his last four seasons in Washington before he retired prior to the 2004 season.
"Anyone who knew him was touched by his smile, joy for life and love of his family," Washington owner Dan Snyder said. "Anyone who ever played with him or against him never forgot it. He earned our deepest respect."