Former NFL star Vincent Jackson suffered from “chronic alcoholism” according to an autopsy after the ex-Pro Bowl recipient was found dead in a hotel room at the age of 38.
Jackson, who retired with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016 and also played for the San Diego Chargers, was discovered by a housekeeper at the Homewood Suites hotel in Tampa, Florida on Monday, days after officials located and spoke to Jackson had him to assess his “well-being” after he apparently disappeared.
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“We just can’t believe he’s gone”: Shock as three-time Pro Bowl NFL star Vincent Jackson, 38, is found dead in a hotel room in Florida
The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office in Florida on Wednesday revealed the results of Jackson’s autopsy and said he “suffered from chronic alcoholism,” according to TMZ.
Officials await the toxicology report before confirming an official cause of death, though Sheriff Chad Chronister added that the former NFL star had “longstanding health conditions that contributed to his death from alcohol abuse.”
It’s unclear why Jackson, who is believed to have made around $ 71 million on lucrative contracts in his 12 years in the NFL, stayed at the hotel alone.
However, Chronister added that Jackson’s family have claimed he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by his time as a soccer star.
“Well, that’s true speculation, but the family tells me he suffered from CTE. They believe he had a lot of concussion problems and if you suffer from them, you are not yourself,” reported TMZ chronicler.
“”[The family believes] Wholeheartedly, all of these actions are the result of what he suffered while playing in the NFL. “
Jackson was designed by the Chargers in 2005 and stayed with them until 2011, where he made two Pro Bowl appearances. He joined the Buccaneers in 2012 and played at another Pro Bowl. The Colorado-born star played his last game in 2016 but didn’t officially retire until 2018.
Jackson’s death sparked a wave of grief in the NFL community, including from a number of former teammates.
V Jax thank you for all I love you big brother. Pray for your family to rest in paradise
– Mike Evans (@ MikeEvans13_) February 15, 2021