NFL Played Died of Heatstroke

Marion Barber III.
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His autopsy was completed more than a month after Marion Barber III’s death.

The 38-year-old former football player died of heatstroke, Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office told CNN on Tuesday, July 12. According to the outlet, Barber’s death is listed as an “accident” on the medical examiner’s report.

Us WeeklyPolice responded to a wellness visit at the apartment in Frisco, Texas, and confirmed that the deceased Dallas Cowboys player was found dead.

“Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber,” police spokesperson Joshua Lovell said on June 2. “Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location.”

The Cowboys organization spoke out at the time, releasing a statement that read: “We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was a hard-nosed, old-school football player who ran with a will to win every single down. He was passionate about the game and loved his coaches and fellow teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Barber was drafted into the Cowboys by 2005 and played for them. Tony RomoSix seasons as a leader of the team. He was traded to Chicago Bears by the Chicago Bears, before he announced his retirement on March 2012.

“The thoughts and prayers of the Romo family go out to MB III and his entire family,” Romo tweeted after his former teammate’s death made headlines. “Cowboy fans will never forget his aggressive running style and shear energy he brought every time he was on the field. He could run and block, catch and he would do all of the dirty work. It was a pleasure playing alongside him.”

The former quarterback added that Marion “was a young man that had a megawatt smile that could turn your day around in an instant.”

Romo continued: “His huge heart and presence were felt the moment he walked through the door. He could quickly bring the entire locker area together. Marion was an amazing person. His personality and spirit touched more people than he realized. I was definitely one of those people.”

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