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Report: CTE believed to play a major part of Vincent Jackson’s death

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Vincent Jackson the former Northern Colorado wide receiver is dead at 38, and his family believes CTE had a part in his death.

This morning Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister appeared on the MJ Morning Show talking about some of the key findings from the autopsy report that should be released soon.

One of those findings is that Jackson suffered from chronic alcoholism.


Chronister said. “We haven’t got the toxicology report back, so we can’t say with any certainty that that was it, but a lot of long-standing health conditions that contributed to his passing because of some alcohol abuse.”

The autopsy report should be released today. Chronister said that Jackson was staying in the hotel because he was suffereing from CTE which is caused by repeated head trauma, and the sherrif said the family believes it was a cause of his death.

“[The family believes] wholeheartedly that all of these actions are a result of what he suffered from while he played in the NFL,”

According to Medium, CTE is a degenerative brain disease linked to professions with repetitive head trauma—athletes, veterans, and fighters. Tau proteins, abundant in central nervous system neurons, undergo excessive clumping throughout the brain that kills functioning cells. Symptons of CTE are lethal—the extensive list is daunting: paranoia, memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidality, parkinsonism, and dementia.


No matter what happens in this report, it is such a tragic death. We ask that you say a prayer for the Jackson family. So sad, he is gone way too soon.

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