What was Steve Smith's cause of death as ex-Raiders star passes away?

Jake Nichol November 21, 2021
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Former Oakland Raiders star Steve Smith has passed away aged 57, but what was his cause of death?

Smith, who was born in 1964, was drafted to the NFL in 1987 as a third round pick by the Los Angeles Raiders.

It came after he was captain of the Penn State team that claimed the national championship.

In total, the fullback played in the NFL for eight years, until a back injury ended his career in 1995 at the Seattle Seahawks.

He played 128 games during his career, posting nine rushing touchdowns.

Smith posted 13 receiving TDs in his time, but never managed to win Superbowl.

He was famed for his blocking abilities, and was the lead blocker during his NFL career.

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Steve Smith cause of death revealed

Smith was diagnosed in 2002 with ALS disease, which would ultimately lead to his death on November 20th, 2021.

It is a neurodegenerative disorder, also known as Motor Neurone or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

It attacks the cells within the body that controls muscles and therefore movement.

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In Smith’s case, he was unable to speak or eat solid food such was his condition.

He was on a ventilator to allow him to breathe.

Around 5,000 people per year are diagnosed with the disease every year in the United States.

Was Smith married?

Smith married a member of the Raiderettes – the Raiders’ cheerleading team in December 1989.

Together, he and wife Chie Aguilar-Hiroto had two children – son Dante and daughter Jazmin in the early 1990s.

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The Focus sends its condolences to Steve Smith’s friends and family at this difficult time.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.