More sad news for the football world.
Just a week after the heartbreaking report of Joe McKnight‘s road rage shooting death, another former NFL star has passed away. Former 1994 Heisman Trophy Winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Boulder, Colorado park at just 42 years old.
Since there was no evidence of foul play, sources are saying his death was the result of an apparent suicide and that Salaam shot himself. The athlete was known for achieving great feats in the NFL in a short period of time: he rushed 1,074 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, which won him NFC Rookie of the Year honors.
Salaam’s mother Khalada told reporters, “It’s just a big trip. That’s all I can say. We just found out this morning, and we’re going to Colorado to take care of him.” She also revealed that a note was found at the scene of her son’s death by police. As of yet, there’s no word on what could have caused the star to take his own life, but sources say that after leaving the NFL in 1999, Salaam’s life went downhill in terms of success and happiness.
Khalada says the family hopes to bury him in Boulder because “he liked it there and was successful there, and he liked the people there.”
Our prayers are with the Salaam family.
Remembering Greatness: The Celebrity Deaths Of 2016
1. Rapper Shawty Lo died in a fiery Atlanta car crash on the morning of Sept. 21.Source: 1 of 13
2. Sportscaster John Saunders passed away suddenly at the age of 61 on Aug. 10. The details surrounding his passing are still unclear.Source: 2 of 13
3. Actor Gene Wilder, best known for his role in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,’ died on Aug. 29 from Alzheimer’s disease.Source: 3 of 13
4. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s.Source: 4 of 13
5. Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role as Chekov in ‘Star Wars,’ passed away minutes after a June 19 car accident.Source: 5 of 13
6. Actor Ron Lester died on Aug. 4 of kidney failure. He was best known for his role in ‘Not Another Teen Movie.’Source: 6 of 13
7. ‘The Voice’ star Christina Grimmie was shot dead at 22 years old by a man who opened fire on her while she signed autographs.Source: 7 of 13
8. Legendary singer Prince tragically died from an accidental prescription drug overdose on April 21. He was 57-years-old.Source: 8 of 13
9. WWF wrestler and actress Chyna died from an accidental overdose of Valium and Ambien on April 20. She was 45 years old.Source: 9 of 13
10. ‘Blood, Sweat, & Heels’ reality star Daisy Lewellyn died from a rare form of liver cancer on April 8.Source: 10 of 13
11. Singer Denise Matthews, aka Vanity, died from kidney failure at the age of 57 on Feb. 15. She was Prince’s protegée and ex-girlfriend.Source: 11 of 13
12. Singer Maurice White passed away on Feb. 3 after battling Parkinson’s disease. He was the founder of R&B group Earth, Wind, & Fire.Source: 12 of 13
13. Rock star David Bowie died on Jan. 10 after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.Source: 13 of 13
Former Heisman Trophy Winner Dies In Apparent Suicide was originally published on globalgrind.com