Speculation about the cause of former National Football League (NFL) player Marion Barber’s death can now come to an end.
TMZ Sports was able to obtain the full autopsy report released by the medical examiner’s office in Collin County, Texas.Also significant is that the autopsy found, according to TMZ, “no evidence of trauma or drug overuse . . . and “no clear evidence of natural disease.”There had been speculation that Barber may have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). But, according to the autopsy report, that is not the case.
Barber was found dead in his apartment inside of the shower on June 1.
Prior to that day, Barber had not been seen in weeks. During that time period, people tried to contact Barber because there appeared to be a leak coming from his apartment. But, no one could get a hold of him.
This eventually led to the police conducting a welfare check on June 1. They forcibly entered Barber’s apartment, and that is when Barber’s deceased body was found and when police noticed that the water had been running in the guest bathroom.
Barber was, at one point, a running back for the NFL Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted by the team in 2005, and he would go on to play six seasons with them and one season with the Chicago bears before calling it quits.
Upon the news of Barber’s passing, the Cowboys released a statement, saying:
We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.