Brian Urlacher’s mother dies

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Lavoyda Lenard, the mother of Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, has died.

The Bears released a statement saying that Lenard died suddenly at her home in Texas on Monday. No information about the cause of death has been released. Lenard was 51 years old.

“My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest,” Urlacher said in a statement released by the team. “This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you.”

Urlacher has not said when he plans to return to the Bears.