Details of Smith’s death are not yet known. He was 31.
West Rowan High School tweeted: Rest in peace to a West Rowan legend! Chris was a better person than he was player! The impact he had on those around him will be remembered forever!”
Several of his former teammates remembered him on social media Tuesday, including David Njoku.
“Rest in paradise Chris Smith,” he said. “Hometown hero and a brother to everyone. Such a kind soul. This is heartbreaking.”
“Chris was one of the kindest players and people that I’ve ever met,” Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett said. “He was willing to give you the shirt off his back for you. It’s hard just knowing people like that can go at any time.”
Smith was first drafted by the Jaguars in 2014 and joined the Browns for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He spent eight years in the NFL and most recently signed a deal to play in the XFL with the Seattle Sea Dragons.
He lost his girlfriend in a car accident on Interstate 90 in Cleveland back in 2019 shortly after celebrating the birth of their daughter, Haven Harris Smith.