Bears MLB Brian Urlacher released a statement through the team Wednesday afternoon announcing that his mother, Lavoyda, unexpectedly passed away Monday at her home in Texas.
"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," Urlacher said in the statement. "This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you."
Lavoyda was 51 years old.
Brian Urlacher left the Bears on Tuesday to be with his family and his status for Sunday's game in New Orleans is unknown.