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Ex-Ravens offensive lineman Damion Cook dies at 36

Atholton football coach Damion Cook, shown here during a game in September of 2014, died on Friday after a heart attack.
Atholton football coach Damion Cook, shown here during a game in September of 2014, died on Friday after a heart attack. (Photo courtesy of Jim Codespote/JPCPhotography)

Former NFL offensive lineman Damion Cook, who initially was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent and played parts of three seasons with the team, died Friday night at the age of 36.

He was also the head coach of Atholton High School's football team.

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Cook's alma mater, Bethune-Cookman, confirmed the news last night. Cook suffered a massive heart attack, according to multiple reports.

Cook last played in the NFL in 2008-2009 for the Detroit Lions, starting four games in 2008. Over parts of five NFL seasons, Cook played in 26 games and started 10 of them. He started six games for the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

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After his NFL career ended, Cook played parts of two seasons for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

Cook joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2001, but ultimately spent that season with the Chicago Bears. He came back to the team the following year and was with them before ultimately joining the Browns in 2004.

Cook was perhaps best known for his impersonation of teammate Ray Lewis that was aired on "Hard Knocks," the HBO show that chronicled the Ravens' 2001 training camp.

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