Off-duty Mecklenburg County deputy passes away

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office lost one of its deputies after suffering from a medical problem while working off-duty Friday. The deputy passed away at the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Deputy Sheriff Sylvia Deese was affectionately known as "Mama Deese."

"Deputy Deese will be missed by her MCSO family, the community she served and her Carolina Panthers family as she spent many years working off-duty for the team. Our deepest condolences go out to her son who works as a dispatcher with MCSO and her husband. Please keep the Deese family in your thoughts and prayers," said in a statement from the department.