Maia Johnson, the first-born daughter of former USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, has died, her father announced on Twitter on Monday.
“Maia, as my first born child, has been the joy of my, and her Mother Shikiri’s, life,” Keyshawn Johnson wrote. “She came into our lives just as we were both coming of age as adults and has been a constant beloved presence for both of us. We are heartbroken and devastated by her loss. Shikiri, Maia’s siblings, our family and me appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
Johnson didn’t specify the cause of her death.
Johnson, who played at USC in 1994 and 1995 before an 11-year NFL career, received messages of support from the Trojan athletic department following the news.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are all behind you during this tough time,” the USC football account tweeted to Johnson.
ESPN, which employs Johnson as an analyst, released a statement Monday night.
“Our thoughts are with Keyshawn and his family as they deal with this unthinkable tragedy. He has the full support of his ESPN family.”