Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has passed away at age 43, a day after he was found unresponsive in his hotel room, according to the NFL.
He is the first player to die this season, joining running back Bernard Pollard, who died in March of 2014, and wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who succumbed to cardiac arrest in September of 2015.
Bernard was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Bengals.
In his 11-year career, he played in 2,093 games.
He was also a three-time All-Pro.
His body was found by a friend who had recently left him in his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Bernard has been the face of the Bengals franchise since 2010.
In that time, the Bengals have won the Super Bowl five times, including two consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017.
He also led the team in rushing in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
He played in 12 games during the 2016 season and rushed for just 1,097 yards.
Bernard’s passing record, though, stood at 8,621 yards, including a season-high 6,816 yards in 2017.
His 6,800-yard career mark also ranked fifth among active players.
He led the Bengals in rushing with 5,918 yards in his final year.
Bernard is survived by his wife, LaVina Bernard, and two children, Tania and Justin.
His son, Zachary Bernard, was born on Jan. 26, 2018, in Detroit.