Report: Duerson’s Death Ruled A Suicide

Former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson was found dead in his condo Thursday night. According to the Chicago Tribune, Duerson’s death was ruled a suicide by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner.

The medical examiner said Duerson died from a self inflicted gunshot. The Miami-Dade police department hasn’t made the suicide ruling public yet, however.

According to NBC 5, Duerson had sent a text message to his loved ones before his death stating he wished his brain donated to the NFL for research. He wished to help studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease common to boxers, football players and others who experience multiple concussions and head injuries.

  • Rickey

    My condolence to his family. God bless you.

  • allen

    met dave back when the black and blues brothers did the basketball turn. great guy and very tragic. makes you wonder if he quietly suffered from traumatic brain injury hence the donation. rip mr duerson.

  • Jim Durham

    R.I.P. double D……

  • Stan

    Double D ,we are so sorry ,you suffered alone, and no could reach out to you.

  • Shawn Johnson

    It is certainly time that the NFL did everything they can to help former players cope with injuries.

  • Matt

    Very sad. I hope the NFL takes notice and begins to improve their support from a health care standpoint for the retired players

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  • Sherry

    This is so sad. I pray for his family and all his Bears family. I agree with Matt I hope that the NFL improve their care and support for retired players. The pain these player endure for the NFL to make money the need to do more regarding head injuries. RIP Dave and God bless his family.

  • JD

    I am so sorry. Rest in peace.

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  • Real Fan

    My prayers are with his family. I hope God can make an exception and Dave can still get into heaven even though it was a suicide.

  • Helloseekers

    Where are the comments about why people like to watch these guys ruin their brains and bodies? I believe that what a person does with their body is entirely up to them, but while fans scream like they’re at the coliseum, and whine when the NFL puts restrictions on head to head hits (Tom Thayer), many ex-players are perhaps regretting their life choice.

    • Gridiron Assassin

      I think for many of them they LOVE the game, money and fame. Only after the fact dies the regret come into play. The NFLPA is the organization that shouldn’t doing more also. This next CBA should have money set aside from both the owners and NFLPA for health care for retired players.

  • Nancy J

    “Real Fan”, do you no think people in severe mental pain or anguish, who end their lives for that reason are not forgiven? Get into Heaven? What? If there is such a place, God would be all-forgiving.

    • E

      “Nancy” We all go through anguish and most of us as well experience severe mental pain. The gift of life is not ment to be easy, and the taking of your own life for whatever reason in many peoples religion is an sin. We all have choices, and sure choices can be forgiven but actions have consequences regardless.

      Thoughts and prayers go out to the Family

  • Duerson Donates Brain, Ditka Says Death A Tragedy « CBS Chicago

    […] Duerson died Thursday in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. The Miami-Dade medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said Sunday. He confirmed that a gun was used but did not specify where Duerson shot himself. […]

  • Tanya Livingston

    Why is he lionized as a hero? Just beceuse he could run with a ball? Big deal. He plead guilty to beating a woman (Domestic Violence). This is a serious crime. He hit a woman.

  • me

    Why? Just why? And also, is his brain even in any shape to be studied? I mean, he shot himself…when you do that don’t you typically, well ya know?

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