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Former Giants draft pick dies from heat illness at age the of 32

Former Giants draft pick passed away after suffering a heat stroke.

Mitch Petrus, a former offensive guard at Arkansas who went on to play in the NFL, died Thursday night after suffering a heat-related illness.

Petrus, 32, died at 10:45 p.m. after being taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock, Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said, per Arkansas Online.

Petrus reportedly felt ill after working all day outside and in his family’s shop in Lonoke County. The cause of death was listed as heat stroke.

Petrus was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played in the Giants’ victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46. 

Petrus played for three teams in 2012 – the Giants, Patriots and Tennessee Titans.

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