Ashley Harris, the wife of Chargers defensive lineman Tommie Harris, has died at the age of 29. The 29-year-old entered a hospital in Norman, Oklahoma of Friday, where the couple was visiting, reportedly seeking treatment for a stroke or a brain aneurysm. On Sunday afternoon, family friend Bill Horn told the Sun-Times,”We are holding on for a miracle,” but Harris died later that evening.
The couple, who had two children, were married on New Year’s Day this year and planned to hold a wedding reception in Oklahoma.
Tommie Harris played college football for the University of Oklahoma and was the 14th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, signing a four-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bears. He was released at the end of the 2010 season and moved to the San Diego Chargers last September.
“Tommie has been overwhelmed by the support of his former teammates, the Bears organization and the city of Chicago,” Horn told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Please continue to pray for him as he and his children grieve the loss of his wife.”