Urlacher’s Status Uncertain After Mother Passes Away

Updated Sept. 14, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be away from the Bears for several days after the unexpected death of his mother.

“My mother, Lavoyda, unexpectedly passed away Monday at her home in Texas,” Urlacher said in a statement Wednesday. “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. This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you.”

Urlacher has been away from the team since it happened and it is unclear whether or not the linebacker will play against the Saints Sunday.

Lavoyda Urlacher raised Brian, his brother, Casey, and his older sister, Sheri, in Lovington, N.M., and remained close to the family as Urlacher NFL career took off with the Bears.

Lt. Brent Smith of the Titus County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office said Urlacher’s mother apparently died of natural causes. She lived in Mount Pleasant, Texas, about 110 miles east of Dallas.

  • Pamela Cambria

    Prayers are being sent, to you and your Family Brian! WE Do Need You Sunday, but your Family Comes First! Take Care! and Go Bears Go!


    Hey Brian. Thanks for the great showmanship.
    Take care of your family.

    Best wishes.

  • julie muellerschoen

    Brian my prayers go out to you and your family,yes family is important.i lost my mom 3 years ago of cancer and it was very hard time for me to deal with it,but with family and friends to be there for you that helpt me,if you cannot play on sunday thefans will understnad. take care,

  • AdriAnne

    Brian losing anyone is a hard thing but losing a mom is by far the hardest. Stay strong for your family and you have a great team and fans behind you. Keep focus and concentrate on your love for your mom and your family. Love, prayers and blessing to you.

  • Roberta Waker

    Our prayers and sympathy goes out to the Urlacher family for their loss. Take care, Brian, and remain with your family and friends. While you will be missed, there will be other games and your family is more important at this time. We love you.

  • BearClaw55

    Prayers and sympathy to you and your family Brian, God bless.

  • Barbz46

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother…my heart and prayers go out to you…I know what you are going thru I just lost my mom in March…God Blesss you and your fam.ily…you all will be in my prayers…May God keep you in His loving arms..

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