Recent Untimely Deaths of NFL Players

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  • 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
  • Jovan Belcher

Ray Easterling

In April 2012, former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling (32), 62, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy report found he had a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated concussions. Easterling played from 1972 to 1979 as a member of Atlanta's "Gritz Blitz" defense. After his career, he dealt with dementia, depression and insomnia, according to his widow.

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