He was 32. Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says Petrus died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at a North Little Rock hospital.
In 2010, the Giants drafted Petrus in the fifth round.
"He was working at his family shop, outside. and suffered heat stroke", Hobbs said. "A heat advisory is in effect again on Friday for roughly the northern half of Arkansas".
Via the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Pulaski County coroner said Petrus died at 10:45 p.m. local time after being brought to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock.
An Arkansas native, Petrus played at the University of Arkansas from 2006-09.
According to ArkansasRazorbacks.com, Petrus was an offensive guard for the Razorbacks and played 49 games with 25 starts during his career at the university. "The Giants took the 6'3", 300-pound guard in the fifth round of the 2010 National Football League draft. He won a championship ring as part of the Super Bowl XLVI team. He concluded his three-year professional career with a season split between the Giants, Patriots and Titans. Tennessee then signed him and he played two games for the Titans before the team released him the following March.
'We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus, ' they said in the tweet. "Our thoughts go out to Mitch's family and friends", the Giants wrote in a statement. He also had an interest in politics, serving as Republican state Sen.