LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Leukemia has claimed the life of a former NFL player from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. 

24-year-old Mitchell Henry died early Friday after battling the disease.  The former Western Kentucky University tight end  went on to play in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos, and the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent. 

Henry was a football star at Elizabethtown High School and was a standout for the WKU Hilltoppers from 2011-14.  During Henry's time on The Hill, the Hilltoppers secured their first winning season at the FBS level (2011), first FBS bowl appearance (2012) and first FBS bowl wins (2014).

The high school posted a message on its Twitter page on Friday. 

In a tribute on the WKU athletics page, the university says Henry tallied 1,094 yards on 78 catches with 12 touchdowns, enjoying his most productive season as a senior.  Henry played in 47 games over his four-year career with 22 starts, including a career-best nine in his final campaign.

The Western Kentucky Football Twitter page also posted a tribute. 

Henry is survived by his wife Madison. Funeral arrangements are pending. 

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