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Rowan County native and former Cleveland Browns Defensive End Chris Smith has died. He was 31.

Smith graduated from  West Rowan High School in 2010 as a standout defensive football.

Smith was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. He played for the Browns in 2018 and 2019.

The Salisbury native is survived by his daughter Haven Harris Smith. Smith lost his child’s mother and girlfriend to a car accident in the fall of 2019.

Smith’s career in the NFL also spanned the Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, and Houston Texans.

The news of Smith’s death was posted to his former high school’s Twitter account.

Since the news of his passing numerous former teammates share their condolences, including current Browns tight end David Njoku.


His cause of death has not been released at this time.

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