Who is Geno Hayes's wife Shevelle? Former NFL star's family life explored

Amber Peake April 27, 2021
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Who is Geno Hayes wife, Shevelle? The former NFL linebacker died on Monday night, 26 April, at 33, after a battle with liver disease. As fans share their condolences, we take a moment to honour Hayes’ life away from the pitch, his wife, Shevelle Hayes, and their family.

Who is Geno Hayes?

Geno Hayes started his career with the NFL after he was drafted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.

He played for the Bucs until 2012, when he joined the Chicago Bears.

After a year with the Bears, Hayes joined the Jacksonville Jaguars and went on to play for the team until 2014.

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Who is Geno Hayes’s wife, Shevelle? 

Geno Hayes and his wife Shevelle and have been together for more than a decade and have two children together.

The former NFL star and his wife preferred to keep their private life away from the spotlight, although Shevelle has previously spoken about how they have had to balance their public and private lives because of Hayes’s NFL career.

While talking as part of the Wags Redefined blog back in 2015, she explained: “Considering the evolution of the Internet, social media, and GPS systems, I fear my family’s safety. 

“The lifestyle we live (NFL) is a public yet private lifestyle, and you have to always pay attention to your surroundings and looking to protect yourself and your family.”

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RIP Geno Hayes: Former NFL linebacker dies at 33

Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes passed away on 26 April, following a battle with liver disease. He believed that his disease may have been caused by a long-term habit of taking nonprescription medication, combined with a family history of liver disease.

Hayes was diagnosed with liver disease two years ago and last year was reported to have been hospitalised more than 20 times. He fell into a deep depression following his diagnosis, which led him to lose nearly 70 lbs and endure frequent hospital stays.

Talking about his diagnosis, he told ESPN reporter Jenna Laine: “The first diagnosis they gave me was alcoholic cirrhosis.

“But when we dug in deeper, it became just chronic liver disease, because I don’t drink like that. If I did drink, it was just like wine or something like that. But my body is made different. And that’s what [my doctor] said — ‘Everybody’s made different.'”

In December 2020, Hayes was put on a waiting list for a transplant, and was transferred into hospice care last week, where he died this Monday, 26 April.

After learning of his death, fans took to social media to share their condolences and support to Geno Hayes, his wife and his family.

Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.