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The medical examiner ruled the death of former NFL wide receiver Charles Johnson a suicide

The medical examiner ruled the death of former NFL wide receiver Charles Johnson a suicide

Former NFL and Colorado star wide receiver Charles E. Johnson died last July of an apparent drug overdose, according to a report released Monday by the North Carolina state medical examiner’s office.

Johnson was 50 years old He was found dead in a hotel room After being 4 miles from his home in Raleigh on July 17 His wife reported him missing the day before The report said he had no medical history and no active prescriptions, but had “acute oxycodone, hydrocodone and mirtazapine toxicity” after his death.

“Last week, he was acting strange and recently purchased a funeral and cremation service,” said the report, obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

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Charles Johnson (81), who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994-98, catches a touchdown pass while defending Baltimore Ravens’ Isaac Booth during a game on September 8, 1996.

Raleigh police said officers responded to a call to perform a welfare check at the Hampton Inn on July 17 after an occupant failed to leave the room. The report, released Monday, said Johnson was found unresponsive in the room where he was lying on his bed. He said he paid for a hotel room on July 15th, then returned home and left his residence again but without several important items. According to the report, the wallet, cell phone, keys and vehicle were left at his residence. His death occurred on the spot.

“The only personal items in the hotel room were two empty water bottles, an empty travel (size) bottle of body lotion, an empty travel container, a pair or sandals and a pair of glasses,” the report said. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh. “A query of the North Carolina Prescription Tracking Service revealed no active prescriptions. An old (2018) prescription for short-term hydrocodone was documented.”

Johnson’s death surprised the local community After meeting him as a cheerful and productive coach and staff member at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, NC

USA TODAY Sports reported Johnson in September He said he suffered brain, head, spinal and neck injuries during his nine years in the league He was permanently disabled from football from 1994 to 2003, according to documents filed in a workers’ compensation case in California.

Johnson attended college in Colorado before being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft. He also played in Philadelphia, New England and Buffalo.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) anytime day or night. The Crisis Text Line offers free 24/7 help via text message to people in crisis when they call 741741.

Follow reporter Brent Schrotenboer @Schrotenboer. Email: [email protected]

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Charles Johnson: Former NFL player died by suicide, medical examiner says





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