'Devastated': NFL great rocked by tragic death of daughter at 25

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
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Keyshawn Johnson's daughter Maia, pictured here before her tragic death.
Keyshawn Johnson's daughter Maia has died at the age of 25. Image: Getty/Instagram

Former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson has announced the tragic death of daughter Maia at 25.

Johnson, now an analyst and radio host for ESPN, made the devastating announcement on Twitter without revealing the cause of death.

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“It is with incredible sadness that I have to share the news about the passing of my beautiful Daughter Maia,” the 48-year-old wrote.

“Maia, as my first born child, has been the joy of my, and her Mother Shikiri’s, life.

Keyshawn Johnson, pictured here celebrating with his daughter after winning Super Bowl XXXVII.
Keyshawn Johnson celebrates with his daughter after winning Super Bowl XXXVII. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images)

“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.

“Shikiri, Maia’s siblings, our family and me appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

“We also all appreciate your support and respect for our privacy as we move forward.”

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Keyshawn Johnson rocked by first-born daughter's death

Maia was Johnson's first-born child with ex-wife Shikiri Hightower.

The two were married from 1998-2002 and also had son Keyshawn Johnson Jr together.

Johnson also has two young children - London and Vance Johnson - with current wife Jennifer Conrad.

Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL from 1996 to 2006 after being selected by the New York Jets as the No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft.

He spent four seasons with the Jets before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won the Super Bowl XXXVII title.

Johnson spent stints with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys before announcing his retirement in 2006.

with Yahoo Sports US