Vincent Jackson: Former NFL star's cause of death revealed

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Vincent Jackson, the 38-year-old former NFL receiver who was found dead in a Florida hotel room earlier this year, died from chronic alcohol use, a Florida medical examiner said on Wednesday.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner said Jackson’s body exhibited signs of alcohol-related cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and other injuries, including bruises to his torso, Fox 13 News reported. 

Jackson played 12 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring in 2018. He was diagnosed after his death with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive head trauma. 

FILE 2014: Vincent Jackson looks on from the field after a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
( George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The station, citing county deputies, reported that Jackson checked into a hotel on Jan. 11, 2021, and he was reported missing by his family about a month later. He met with deputies and the missing-person case was resolved, and he was found dead three days later by a housekeeper. 

FILE 2009: Vincent Jackson celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half during Monday Night Football on October 19, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
( Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

He was remembered for his service to his community. 

FILE 2016: Vincent Jackson works out during Training Camp at One Buc Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
(Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

“Vincent was a consummate professional, who took a great deal of pride in his performance on and off the football field. Vincent was a dedicated father, husband, businessman and philanthropist, who made a deep impact on our community through his unyielding advocacy for military families, supported by the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation,” the Buccaneers statement read.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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