Recent Untimely Deaths of NFL Players

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  • Jovan Belcher
  • O.J. Murdock
  • Junior Seau
  • Ray Easterling
  • Dave Duerson
  • Kenny McKinley
  • Chris Henry
  • Steve McNair
  • Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith and William Bleakley
  • Sean Taylor
  • Damien Nash
  • Darrent Williams

Junior Seau

In May 2012, Junior Seau, 43, shot himself in the chest at his home, less than 2 1/2 years after ending his Pro Bowl career as a linebacker. His family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether any damage from his 20-year football career played a factor in his suicide. His was at least the eighth among the 1994 San Diego Chargers, who played in the Super Bowl, joining Lew Bush (42; December 2011; apparent heart attack), Shawn Lee (44; February 2011; heart attack), Chris Mims (38; October 2008; enlarged heart), Curtis Whitley (39; May 2008; drug overdose), Doug Miller (28; July 1998; lightning strike), Rodney Culver (26; May 1996; airplane crash), David Griggs (28; July 1995; automobile accident).

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