Many troubled NFL players have been taken from us too soon because of suicide. The latest tragedy to stun the NFL world is the death of Tennessee Titans reserve receiver O.J. Murdock, who on Monday morning was found dead in his car with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Murdock was rushed to a local hospital where he passed away. He was 25. The following NFL players also tragically died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound:
On May 2, 2012, football great Junior Seau was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 43. The cause of death was ruled to be a suicide. Seau was a linebacker who spent 20 years in the NFL. He played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
On April 19, 2012, Ray Easterling, a former player for the Falcons, committed suicide. Easterling was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 62. Easterling was part of a group of players who are suing the NFL over head injuries. In 2011, Easterling was diagnosed with dementia.
On February 17, 2011, Dave Duerson, a former player for the Chicago Bears, committed suicide. He was 50. Duerson fatally shot himself in the chest, but before he killed himself he sent a text message to his loved ones stating that he wanted his brain to be left to science. Duerson also played for the New York Giants and Phoenix Cardinals.
On November 20, 2006, Andre Waters, an NFL player who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, committed suicide. Waters was found in his house dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Waters also played for the Arizona Cardinals.
On December 14, 1993, former Houston Oilers defensive tackle grabbed a gun from his car and shot himself. He was 25. Alm committed suicide shortly after he crashed his car on an exit ramp because he was distraught over the death of his best friend. Alm was speeding and lost control of his car. His best friend was thrown from his car and killed.