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. l. Brown

    First and formost. He died, due to the fact it was his time. God has a plan and a reason for everything. FYI, the rich commit sucide before us commoners, due to the fact money is the root of all evil, not preacing just facts. Thanks. But on a better note, suicide rates among whites and the wealthy are higher then the commoners, or poor you ignorant people. Look it up.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • SomeTruth

      You are demented and delusional.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. oneman

    I feel bad for everyone involved. My prayers go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. cnn = noobs


    September 21, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Darion

    Rest in peace. I couldn't imagine what was going through his mind before he took his own life. See you in another life hopefully.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. J

    Chris Berman announced at Half-Time that it was a suicide by gunshot. Very sad. It's never good to hear when someone has passed.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Candi

    Tha broncos aren't cursed at all. all of you who are true believers in God know that we all will not be here forever. This was all God's plan and this young man is now in a better place. My prayers go out to the family and team.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Kablowski

    Probably was a little depressed after the injury and the doctors messed him up with anti-depressants. All too common.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eagles Fan

    My condolence goes out to the family. The article does not state how he died. But watching the half-time show of the MNF game they say that the cause of death was suicide.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. jaq1

    I think all of you that r sayn bad things about him r bored n should get alife. All of u will pay for what you've said that was bad about this man. PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lawson

    Nobody knows the real story yet on what has really happened,so NOBODY should be talk'n any bulls**t bout anything. 4 those who don't have a heart 4 the tragedy that just happened u should just keep ur mouths shut, cause the day it happens 2 u or any1 u love then u'll know what its like 2 loose some1 u love . . .

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Center Stage

    It is always very sad to hear of someone "reportedly" taking their own life. Many of us fail to realize/remember that mental illness and depression don't stability, career and social status have no relevance on who develops this disease. He was someone's father, brother, best friend & son....the memories that he leaves deserve to be treated with respect!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ralf the Dog

    The key is to understand why this happened and find ways to keep it from happening to others. I think every pro football player should get an FMRI on day one and one every year they play (as well as boxers, MMA....) Changes should be tracked. Every player should be required to spend some time in counselling every year. More for new players.

    Between brain injuries and lifestyle changes, I don't see how anyone can deal with being an NFL player.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Suzanne

    A team has lost their player, and a mom is saying good bye to a son that meant the world the her. What a sad time for all involved. Please accept my heartfelt prayers for all of you at this difficult time.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nelly

    Omg so young his family is in my prayers

    September 21, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    so young

    September 21, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
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