This past Presidents’ Day, former NFL wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, 38, was found dead in his hotel room in Brandon, Florida.
According to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson had been staying at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, since January 11th.
Suspicions arose when Jackson’s family members reported him missing on February 10th. This past Friday on February 12th, officials said they were able to locate Jackson within the Homewood Suites and were able to speak with him. After assessing the situation authorities cancelled the missing persons case, stating that Jackson had been staying at the hotel for more than a month.
On Monday February 15th, a housekeeper discovered Jackson dead at 11:30 am. The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. For now, there are no apparent signs of trauma. Family members suspect there may have been a quiet struggle with “chronic alcoholism” and concussions per ESPN.
Jackson, who was a respected professional among his colleagues will be greatly missed. In 2005 he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, spending seven seasons with them. He spent the last five of his twelve career seasons playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When Jackson was not playing on the field, he was a dedicated family man to his wife and four children. In addition, he was a community driven philanthropist who was a huge advocate for military families.
Jackson and his wife, Lindsey VanDeweghe
In a statement made by Michelle VanDyke from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, Jackson’s exact cause and manner of death has yet to be determined. Siting the process will likely take several weeks, if not months.