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Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 11:18 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

The death of former Bears safety Dave Duerson has been ruled a suicide, according to NBC 5 in Chicago . The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said Duerson, a member of the 1985 Super Bowl team, died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

The 50-year-old Duerson was found dead in his Miami home on Thursday.

The Bears released a statement, saying, “We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson. He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We’ll miss him. Our prayers are with his family.”

NBC 5 says that Duerson sent a text message to his loved ones before his suicide, telling them he wanted his brain to be donated for research. A friend of the family called the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine on Thursday night. Arrangements have been made for the brain to be prepped and sent to Boston University.

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Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:54 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Candyjeff the worms wouldn't even want your brain.

Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:25 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Just goes to show that any ignorant fool with a computer can post a very stupid comment in poor taste about a very tragic situation. Heartless fools like "candyjerk" don't deserve anyones time or attention! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Duerson family.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:18 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

He was a great player at both Notre Dame and with the Bears. It's sad the way his life ended.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:16 pm

a sane voice

Everybody listen up to lantern1 who says the NFL should be thinking about the players safety.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:07 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

We should note the very good point on Duerson wanting his brain donated for research. So very sad that he felt this was his only option but clear in his feelings that more study of head injury is needed and not all people in his position can choose their time of death.

Duerson (perhaps) wanted his death to mean something and, in his mind, this was best way to use what was left of his life. Since I don't what the details of his life at this time were, on face value he might have made this choice thinking of others as well as himself. If that is the case, I hope his act helps others in the long run and in that light I can not question his choice.

On the post by Candyjeff, I am not sure what he intended to say. I wonder if he is just someone with the inability to articulate his true feelings in this forum. The "sad" at the end of that post leads me to think his true statement  should have read "only the KKK" and thus held a slightly different meaning. Perhaps.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 10:34 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

I hope all the internet tough guys out there who complain during the season about the "wussification" of the NFL take note of this story.  The data show that the constant head shots take their toll and ultimately cause all kinds of long term damage.  Obviously Duerson must have realized this too.  This is one more life lost all too early and it's a crying shame. 

I sincerely hope the NFL stops pushing for an 18 game schedule and instead focuses on keeping its players long term health in mind.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:59 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

This site should ban comments like what Candyjeff stated.  It's bad enough he feels that way, but for it to be acceptable for blogging racial bigotry at this site in the name of free speech, that is outrageous.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:48 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Very tragic indeed. These guys really had no idea the potential risk they were taking back in his playing days. That's always been football, going full out and putting a serious lick on the opponent. Duerson was one of many to play with reckless abandon. Spearing has been and still is part of the game. Ask James Harrison, for one.

It will soon be ending as it should. You can't completely avoid head to head contact, but with proper tackling fundamentals and ejections the risk will go way down, imo. That and newly designed helmets, as Aaron Rodgers started wearing after a couple of concussions this past season. He said is wasn't near as comfortable but well worth it. Eventually they will be mandated and much more comfortable to wear.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:47 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Very easy to be a coward behind a computer screen as CandyJeff confirms.
Duerson's reasons for suicide can be anything under the sun. I had an uncle who had everything going for him attempt suicide back in 1985. He rolled 100 feet down Kensico Dam near NYC and became paralyzed from the chest down. Unfortunately, there really isn't an easy way to prevent suicide. High risk suicide risks can tell you all is well and most likely you will believe them. At the end of the day, it's an individual choice made and impossible to prevent if one is hellbent on it. 

Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:37 pm

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Candyje.... I have seen some things written on blogs before but yours take the cake for all time poor taste.  This man was obviously suffering from a mental issue and for you to propagate bigotry in the aftermath of this tragedy is appalling.  Whatever your race you bring them shame, you bring shame to your family and should be fined and suspended from blogging for the rest of the season, because that was the lowest, dirtiest blow I've ever seen.
I hope you grow up some day.
Best wishes,
Dah Chargers....

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