Kenny McKinley, who played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, was found dead in the master bedroom of his home yesterday afternoon.
The 23-year-old star was out for the season after suffering a knee injury but was expected to get back on the field once he had recovered.
Authorities believe the death may have been a suicide, as Kenny was found with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Although the death of McKinley appears to be the result of a self inflicted gunshot, the investigation into this matter, conducted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office, is on-going, ” Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told Fox 31 of Denver.
Kenny’s coach Josh McDaniels had the following message regarding the incident:
“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more important, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room. This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
This marks the third Broncos’ death in the last three years. Darrent Williams died in a drive-by shooting and Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in 2007.
Kenny left behind a young son, who was reportedly not in the home at the time of the incident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with McKinley’s family and friends.