Former Giants Player Mitch Petrus Dies Of Heatstroke At 32

Mitch Petrus

The Super Bowl champion, who won in 2011 with the New York Giants, died on Thursday evening after working outside in hot temperatures at his family shop in Arkansas, a spokesperson for Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs told PEOPLE.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Petrus died at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday night after being taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock.

He says Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop in Lonoke County, and that his cause of death is listed as heat stroke. He would go on to be drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Like much of the country, Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heat wave.

On Twitter, Petrus described himself as a "bass player for my band Vikings of the North Atlantic" and said he served as an assistant to state Sen.

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"We are saddened to hear of Mitch's passing", the Giants said in a statement.

Petrus played two full seasons for the Giants before moving to the New England Patriots, then to the Tennessee Titans in 2012. The heat index - the temperature it felt like - in the area where Petrus was working on Thursday was higher than 100 degrees (38 Celsius), according to the National Weather Service.

According to, Petrus was an offensive guard for the Razorbacks and played 49 games with 25 starts during his career at the university. He was an outstanding competitor, incredible teammate and a true Hog.

Petrus was a standout for the Arkansas Razorbacks, prior to being drafted by the Giants.

A heat advisory warning continues to be in effect on Friday.

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