Former NFL player Glenn Foster dies after being taken into custody

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 13: New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster # 97 enters the field before the start of the Saints and New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr / Getty Images)

PICKENS COUNTY, Alabama (WIAT) – Glenn Foster, a former professional football player for the New Orleans Saints, died in Alabama on Monday after being taken into custody over the weekend, authorities said. He was 31 years old.

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Foster was arrested on Sunday for assault and third degree robbery, according to records from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Nexstar’s WIAT reports that Foster was taken to a local hospital Monday, where he later died. The cause of death was not disclosed on Tuesday. The Alabama law enforcement agency has opened an investigation into Fosters’ death, sharing this statement with Nexstar WGNO:

“On Monday, December 6, at the request of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, special agents from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) are investigating a death in custody, which was reported Monday, December 6, at a medical facility in Northport. SBI special agents have identified Glenn Foster, 31, of Louisiana, as the deceased. The body has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for further investigation. Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing. Once completed, the findings will be forwarded to the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office. “

Foster, a native of Illinois, played football at the University of Illinois before signing with the Saints in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. He would play in 12 games this season and record three sacks and eight tackles. Foster would only play five games in 2014 before being released from the squad.

He officially retired from the NFL in 2016.

Representative Kam Buckner, an Illinois state lawmaker, posted a tribute to Foster on Twitter, stating “No words at this time. Rest mightily, little brother.

Local reports say Foster worked as an entrepreneur, developer and real estate agent in Louisiana after leaving the NFL.

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