On Tuesday, the formal autopsy results for Vincent Jackson, a former wide receiver for the Buccaneers, were released. Jackson’s death in February at age 38 was ruled a result of “chronic alcohol use,” according to the medical examiner’s report.
Officially, the cause of death for former Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson, per medical examiner’s findings released today, is “chronic alcohol use.” Jackson was found dead in his hotel room in February at age 38.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 22, 2021
The 10-page autopsy report concluded that Jackson died from alcoholism-related heart, liver, and kidney disease. This news comes six days after Jackson’s family revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 2 CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) by brain experts.
His loved ones likely announced the news in an effort to bring attention to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain illness common among those who have endured repeated blows to the head.
It has been a major problem in many different sports, including football, hockey, and combat sports, and it can only be detected post mortem. Aggression, impulsivity, despair, anxiety, paranoia, substance misuse, and suicide ideation are some of the behavioral signs linked to Stage 2 CTE.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson’s body was discovered on February 15 in the hotel room he had been using at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida, since January 11. Chad Chronister, the sheriff of Hillsborough County, Florida, has admitted to having problems with alcohol and other health issues.
However, he was located the following day, and “after assessing Jackson’s well-being, the missing persons case was canceled,” as stated in the initial police report filed by his family on February 10.So much of Vincent’s life was spent assisting others.
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Lindsey Jackson, Vincent’s wife, said in an interview that she is confident that he would want his legacy to live on even after his death. The family said, “By donating his brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, we hope to continue to see advancements in CTE research, enabling physicians to diagnose the disease in the living and ultimately find treatment options in the future.”
Jackson helmed an NFL team for 12 years, from 2005 to 2011 with the Chargers and from 2012 to 2016 with the Buccaneers. He had six seasons with over 1,000 yards and retired in 2016 after being named to the Pro Bowl three times. His 155-game career saw him haul in 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 scores.
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