Football fans were left saddened this week after former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber passed away at the age of 38.
No cause of death has been announced
Fox News cited a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as stating that Barber’s body was discovered on Wednesday by officers with the Frisco Police Department.
Joshua Lovell serves as a spokesperson for the department, and he was quoted as telling Fox News Digital that officers “responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber.”
“Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location,” he continued. The cause of Barber’s death has to be revealed.
The Star-Telegram had earlier reported that Barber’s former teammates began expressing concerns over his mental health after he faced two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief following an incident in 2018.
Barber is remembered fondly by his former teams
For its part, the Dallas Cowboys issued a statement regarding Barber’s passing, 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,” the Cowboys’ statement continued.
“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.”
The statement also noted that during his third season, “Barber made the Pro Bowl in 2007 with 975 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, despite not starting a game.”
It went on to explain how the man fans nicknamed “Marion the Barbarian” managed to finish “his career with 4,780 rushing yards and 53 rushing touchdowns, including 47 with the Cowboys, which ranks fourth in team history.”
According to the NFL’s official website, Barber played in the league from 2005 to 2011 after being drafted in the fourth round from the University of Minnesota.
While most of his career was spent playing with the Cowboys, Barber also spent the 2011 season with the Chicago Bears. That led the team to put out a statement of its own which read, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Bears RB Marion Barber III. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”