Tag:Shawn Lee
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:59 pm

Lew Bush, former Chargers LB, dies at 42

Bush is the seventh member of the 1994 San Diego team to die before age 45. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Lew Bush was a linebacker on the 1994 San Diego Chargers, the only team in franchise history to play in the Super Bowl. On Thursday, six days after his 42nd birthday, he died of an apparent heart attack, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Bush is the seventh member of that team to die before the age of 45, and the second this year after defensive lineman Shawn Lee passed away in February of cardiac arrest after a long bout with diabetes. He was 44.

The others to die prematurely include David Griggs, who was killed in a car accident in June 1995 (he was 28); running back Rodney Culver died when his plane crashed in the Florida Everglades (he was 26); Doug Miller died when he was twice struck by lightning in 1998 (he was 28); Curtis Whitley died of a drug overdose in 2008 (he was 39), and Chris Mims died of an enlarged heart that same year (he was 38).

Bush was selected in the fourth round of the 1993 draft out of Washington State. (He was in the same draft class as Doug Miller, who was a seventh-rounder.) He played seven season for the Chargers and had 201 tackles, three sacks and an interception. He spent the final three years of his career with the Chiefs before retiring after the 2002 season.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 1:06 am

Former Charger Shawn Lee dies at age 44

Posted by Will Brinson

Shawn Lee, a member of the 1994 AFC Champion San Diego Chargers, died in Raleigh, NC on Saturday night at the age of 44. The cause of his death is currently unknown.

Lee, one half of the "Two Tons of Fun" tandem with Rueben Davis, played college football at Northern Alabama and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988.

"We were drafted together in Tampa, but we came from two very different backgrounds," said Davis. "Shawn wasn't the best athlete but he was always working to make himself better and he always worked harder than the rest."

Lee played for the Bucs, Dolphins, Chargers and Bears over a 10-year career. He is also the sixth member of that 1994 Chargers team to die at an early age. David Griggs died at age 28 in a car crash, Rodney Culver died at age 28 in a plane crash, Doug Miller was struck by lightning, Curtis Whitley overdosed, and Chris Mims died of a heart attack.

There is a memorial service for Lee at Springfield Baptist Church in Raleigh on March 4, 2011, and, according to the Chargers site, there's been a website created where fans can post their thoughts and memories about Lee.

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