Denver Bronco Wide Receiver Kenny McKinley Dead at 23
Denver Bronco wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home in the Denver area late Monday afternoon. He was 23 years old and apparently died from a self inflicted gun wound.
"It was apparently a suicide, but we're still investigating," Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.
McKinley, a second-year pro, has been on the injured reserve list due to a knee injury, which was operated on during the off season. He had recently returned from visiting family in Atlanta, accompanied by his son.
"Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room," coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement Monday night. "This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
McKinley had just returned from his alma mater, South Carolina, where he held the school record for receptions and yardage. The South Carolina head coach, Steve Spurrier spoke of his shock, saying, "I saw him here. He came to the Georgia game. He seemed in good spirits.”
Along with McKinley, two other active Bronco players have died in the last several years. Running back Damien Nash, 24, collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in December 2007. And cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was killed in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day 2007 in Denver.