Former Minnesota Vikings star Orlando Thomas has died at the age of 42. He suffered from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Thomas revealed his diagnosis in June 2007.
He lost his battle and life on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at the age of 42 in his home town of Crowley, Louisiana.
Having been bedridden and hooked up to a ventilator and a feeding tube, he only weighed 70 lbs, which is less than a third of his 225 lb. weight at the height of his career. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years, and only 5 percent survive for 20.
His death is just the latest in the long line of ALS-related ailments among former NFL players.