Professional Athlete Dies from Internal Infection, Brain to Be Donated to Science

September 14, 2017Sep 14, 2017

A former NHL hockey player has tragically passed away. Jeff Parker died from cardiopulmonary hypertension that then brought on heart and lung infections. Please join us in praying for his family during this tough time.


His wife has now reported that his brain will be donated to Boston University to determine whether he suffered from the debilitating disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE, according to news reports.

Parker was from the Twin Cities and had his career ending prematurely after sustaining head injuries. He was in the middle of a lawsuit against the league about concussions.

“I think [the league is] turning the other cheek to it,” Parker previously said during about the NHL and concussions. “Hopefully, something is done sooner rather than later.”

His brain will be examined for CTE since it can only be done after death. The university has so far disclosed that it has diagnosed CTE in four former NHL players — Minnesota Wild favorite Derek Boogaard, Reggie Fleming, Rick Martin and Bob Probert, according to the Star Tribune.

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