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Former Chicago Bears Dave Duerson Commits Suicide, Donates Brain

Former Chicago Bears Dave Duerson Commits Suicide, Donates Brain

The news has it fans of the former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson committed suicide in his home in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida on Thursday. Miami-Dade police have determined it was a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. The incident has been ruled a suicide and foul play has been ruled out due to no visitors to Duerson’s condo for two days.

“Our family asks that you please remember Dave as a good, kind, and caring man,” Duerson’s ex-wife, Alicia Duerson, said. “He loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and … Chicago Bears. Please keep Dave and our family in your prayers.” (from Bumpshack.com)

Before committing suicide, Duerson text-ed family members and friends to leave his brain to be used for NFL research.

Chicago Breaking news stated: Chris Nowinski, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, said Duerson’s family contacted him to examine Duerson’s brain for abnormalities related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in those who have a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions.

Duerson contacted Nowinski at one point and wanted his brain to be donated for research so other kids could play the game more safely. The family has confirmed with him that his brain has been donated and the process should take  3-6 months to complete.

“NFL players are at higher risk for CTE than normal people and probably other athletes as well,” Nowinski said. “Of the 14 former NFL players we’ve completed studies on, 13 of them had the disease,” says Nowinski

The Bears selected Duerson out of Notre Dame in the third round of the 1983 draft. He became a starter in 1985 and played in the first of four consecutive Pro Bowls that season. In 1987, he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He also was one of the Bears’ NFLPA representatives and was a leader through the 1987 strike.

Dave Duerson, 50, was selected out of Notre Dame in the 1983 draft. As a starter in 1985, he played in the Pro Bowls that season. He was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 1987. Also, he was one of the Bear’s NFLPA reps.