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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