Coroner: Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam’s death was a suicide

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img In this photo, taken Nov. 7, 2012, former Colorado running back and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam watches from the sidelines during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game between Colorado and Washinnton, in Boulder, Colo. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office said Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, that Salaam died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. However, investigators weren’t able to determine if he suffered chronic head trauma from playing football because his family didn’t consent to those tests. (Photo by DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP)DENVER — Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam killed himself after struggling with depression, an autopsy report confirmed Thursday, but investigators will never know whether the one-time running back suffered chronic head trauma from playing football because his family did not consent to those tests.Salaam was found dead Dec. 5 in a park near the University of Colorado, where he played from 1992 to 1994, becoming one of the greatest players in the program’s history. He was 42.ADVERTISEMENT Salaam died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office confirmed. Investigators found a note at the scene. They also noted in the report that Salaam’s family said he had a history of depression and “recent life stressors.”Salaam was Muslim, and Islam prohibits bodies from being defiled after death. His family did not allow the coroner’s office to perform tests that would have revealed whether he suffered chronic head trauma from playing the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAlthough the report notes significant damage to Salaam’s brain as a result of the gunshot, investigators said testing even a small part of it would have allowed them to see evidence of traumatic injury. Repeated blows have been linked with a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE first made headlines several years ago when it was found in the brains of retired NFL players who had killed themselves.Salaam had been drinking heavily and using marijuana before his death. The report said Salaam had a blood-alcohol content of 0.25, more than three times the legal limit to drive. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Salaam won the Heisman in a runaway in 1994. He led the Buffaloes to a win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl that season and a No. 3 finish in the final polls.The Chicago Bears made him a first-round draft pick in 1995, and he rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns in winning NFC Rookie of the Year honors.Injuries cut short his career. He only scored three rushing TDs in the next two years in Chicago and played his last NFL game with the Cleveland Browns in 1999. Salaam played for the Memphis Maniax of the defunct XFL and attempted one last comeback with the NFL before retiring.Colorado players plan to honor Salaam by wearing his initials and number on their helmets Thursday night when they play Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. –Sadie Gurman/APADVERTISEMENT Narras fell in sports in 2016 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View commentslast_img