"Brad was an incredibly kind man of joyous energy," Henke's manager, Matt DelPiano, noted in a statement, according to E! News. "A very talented actor, he loved being a part of this community….and we loved him back. Our thoughts are with his wife and family."
Henke, whose acting career included a role on "Orange Is the New Black," previously played in the NFL — he got to play in the 1990 Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, who lost the game, according to a 1998 Tucson Citizen piece.
According to the actor's IMDb page, he appeared in one episode each of shows such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "MacGyver," "The Office," and "ER" — he was in multiple episodes of "Lost." He even appeared in "Space Jam," a movie that stars basketball legend Michael Jordan.
"I'm fortunate I've found something I love to do a million times more than playing football," Henke said, according to the decades-old Tucson Citizen piece. "I was kind of lost for a while after my football career ended, and I'm so glad I found this. I didn't want to spend the rest of my life with the best of my life already behind me."
"I kind of regret not starting acting sooner," he said. "But I think my life experiences before I found my calling have really helped me. I'm building my career by myself, on my own merits, not for what I did on the football field."