September 20th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver dies

Kenny McKinley played in eight games for the Broncos as a rookie in the 2009 season.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has died, according to a statement released by the organization Monday. He was 23.

The NFL team hasn't released information about how McKinley died. Head coach Josh McDaniels will speak to the media at noon on Tuesday, the team said.

McKinley was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.

He played in eight games with the Broncos as a rookie, but was placed on injured reserve before the start of the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury, according to the team.

"Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley," Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen said in a statement on the Broncos' website. "He was part of the Broncos family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny's family and friends."

McKinley is at least the third Bronco to have died since 2007. Cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was fatally shot near downtown Denver, Colorado, on Jan. 1., 2007, and running back Damien Nash, 24, died after collapsing at a charity basketball game later that winter.

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  1. Mark, Phoenix

    He disappeared in thin air.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. itsozzy

    Very sad news

    September 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rod

    maybe it's the lack of air @ mile high stadium

    September 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonyN10

      Or, perhaps it's the over-abundance of air in your head. Have some respect.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOT COOL

      Really? This is no laughing matter. A young man lost his life, parents lost a son, a boy lost his father. Thats not something you should joke about. Ever.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      You suck at life, Rod.

      September 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spuds

      Apparently Rod your brain has been starved of oxygen for a long time birth perhaps?

      September 21, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. JimmyBuffet

    I would be willing to bet that this is another example of how head injuries affect athletes. They just did a story on how that college player killed himself possibly because of head injuries sustained while playing football that really messes up the brain.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBaugh

      Perhaps this will be looked into further. It was the first thing in my mind too. I fear that there may be more and I also hope friends and relatives of Military veterans will be on the watch for similar issues which may surface. Depression is tough ! ! Don't let people go into a shell.. they my not know how to get out. RIP my NFL Brother

      September 21, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jen

    To Numbaoneballa,

    Your name fits you. You are numb to the sufferings of those around you. He had a mental health problem that millions of people have. If he suffered from depression, that would explain his suicide. Educate yourself on depression and the leading causes of suicide and do something to help your fellow man. Instead of writing stupid stuff on CNN's website.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOT COOL

      Depression is a real disease. I've experienced it, and it really made me feel like nobody cared, and people like you make things worse for the people who have it. Ever heard the saying 'money cant buy true happiness?' its the truth. No matter how 'spoiled and selfish' you think he was, if you are under the impression that because he had money he had a great life, you are sadly mistaken. If he truly was depressed, this is a tragedy and a persons death shouldn't be disrespected.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reggie from LA

    Interesting how boredom creates such Troll Trash. People who have uneventful lives find their way to these forums and interrupt the flow of discussion. In this case, perhaps some well wishes and condolences to some family or friends who might be reading these comments. Your inadequacies are duly noted, those of you who are staring int he mirror smugly, about how you write weird, innocuous and racist things in blogs. Go create better lives for your useless selves and let folks with half a brain to the blogosphere.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rebecca

    How very, very sad, May he Rest in Peace.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. punkrscrnd

    What a sad situation. I pray for his family and loved ones. Suicide is an awful thing, but we have to realize these people who feel this is an only option are troubled. I wish he would've gotten the help he needed.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deede

    What could have troubled this young man so that he took his own life? What could make you not want to see your child grow up? My sympathy to his family, friends and teammates. Only GOD can judge him now.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • AKC

      I wish you had a way to understand. It doesn't matter if you have plenty or suffer need. I don't understand why he killed himself, but I am not going to look at this and say that there is nothing there. And one thing I know – God is not judging him based on the fact he committed suicide. If you are a Christian, you need to learn that works (your actions) don't save you and works (your actions) don't condemn you. Additionally, if you are a Christian and think that this action will lead to God's judgment, then you need to understand that any of your sinful actions will lead to God's judgment. Finally, I am not the one to determine what God will judge or not. Our duty as Christians is laid out really well in Matt 28.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Logan

    RIP K-Mac. Denver will miss ya. And on a side note, why in the hell is everyone being so damn rude. Say your condolences and move on. Don't talk about how Denver is "cursed" or how he is a "coward" for doing what he did. You have NO IDEA what was going on with him so shut the hell up

    September 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GetOutWhileYouStillCan

    Carmello, you better get out of Denver while you still can. City is cursed!

    September 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mmswood

    RIP Kenny. Its very sad what has happened. Ppl don't know all the details or what has truely happened. For ppl to just past judgement is the cowards. You aren't here to judge therefore keep them to yourselves. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny's family and friends for their loss. And whether he is purple, yellow, pink, green, red, white, black; no matter the race or color he's is still a person.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed Waters

    "I can't feel bad for anyone who commited suicide."

    That's because you don't know anyone who has.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike k

    Too all of you who can't say anything good about this GET A LIFE. My prayers are with his family

    September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wanda

    It must be tough, living in the shadow of John Elway.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Walk outside and get hit by a truck...please.

      September 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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