Cantey was found unconscious by the mother of his 2-year-old daughter in her Brooklyn residence. An autopsy report is pending.
"I came home from school and called his name and he wouldn't get up," said Lisa Albritton, 44, of Brooklyn. "I went to shake his arms and legs and he was cold. His whole body was cold. His eyes were open."
Cantey had been working in security and as a substitute teacher.
Cantey came to the Orange in 2006 where he was rated the 28th-best outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com. During his high school career he scored 28 touchdowns, recorded 123 tackles, and garnered 25 sacks. After redshirting his freshman year, Cantey saw action in eleven games in 2007, even starting two at the WLB spot. His best game came against UConn, when he had four solo tackles and nine total.
Despite being penciled in as a starter, Cantey left the program after Doug Marrone took over as part of a big player purge.