According to The Sun-Sentinel, Laakso was found dead in his home in Pompano Beach on Christmas night. The death was attributed to natural causes.
"Eric was a good friend of a lot of guys who played with him in the '70s and '80s," former Dolphins teammate Kim Bokamper told the paper. "He was a kind guy. He was one of those guys you could count on and never caused any trouble. I know he had some physical ailments in recent years, but still, for someone to die at that age has a pretty hard impact."