Former NFL defensive back Dave Duerson, who committed suicide on Feb ruary 18, suffered from the brain disease related to repeated head injuries or concussions according to a researchers who studied his brain in Boston.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy announced yesterday that Duerson's brain showed that he suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
After Duerson started to behave erratically and suffer memory loss, he was adamant that his brain be examined and feared he'd done extreme damage in his football career.
Duerson left a request for his family to have his brain analyzed. Duerson was 50 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Florida.
Duerson was also known to have personal problems, including a marital breakup and some financial concerns.
The Duerson family requested the results be released immediately, according to the center at BU's School of Medicine.
Duerson played 11 NFL seasons, including seven with the Chicago Bears.