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Former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson announces death of daughter Maia aged just 25 leaving family ‘heartbroken’

EX-NFL star Keyshawn Johnson has announced the death of his daughter Maia aged just 25.

The former star wide receiver, 48, said his family had been left "heartbroken" by Maia's death.


Johnson wrote on Twitter: "Maia, as my first born child, has been the joy of my, and her mother Shikiri’s, life.

"She came into our lives just as we were both coming of age as adults and has been a constant beloved presence for both of us.

"We are heartbroken and devastated by her loss."

No cause of death was given.

ESPN, where Johnson works as an NFL analyst, released a statement in support.

They wrote: "Our thoughts are with Keyshawn and his family as they deal with this unthinkable tragedy. He has the full support of his ESPN family."

Former ESPN colleague Jemele Hill said she was "very sorry for your loss".

Johnson and Maia's mom Shikiri Hightower were married from 1998 to 2002.

They also share a son, Keyshawn Jr., who is 22.

In 2017, Shikiri shared a story on Instagram for Maia's 22nd birthday.

She wrote: "We were so young, wanting nothing more than to be your parents.

"Four months later, your dad became the number one draft pick, our lives were forever changed.

"My fearless, beautiful, intelligent, well-traveled, resourceful daughter… my mini-me.

"Throughout our journey, we literally have been growing up, figuring life out, together."

Johnson also has two kids with his wife Jennifer Conrad.

He was drafted first overall in 1996 by the New York Jets, and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers during his NFL career.

He won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2003.

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