UPDATED 12:14 PM PT – Thursday, December 23, 2021
A Florida medical examiner’s office revealed the cause of death of former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
An autopsy report released Wednesday, concluded the 38-year-old died from chronic alcohol use after he was found dead in a hotel room near Tampa earlier this year. Reports said Jackson’s body exhibited signs of alcohol-related cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and several minor injuries.
He was also diagnosed with CTE, a disorder likely caused by repetitive head trauma and has been found in the brains of deceased athletes who played contact sports.
“Changes in their mood like depression, changes in their behavior like flying off the handle or what we call emotional ability. They had a hard time figuring out why these changes were happening in their loved one,” said Dr. Dan Daneshvar.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jackson’s last team he played for, released a statement on his death. They called him a dedicated father, husband and businessman who made a deep impact on their community.
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