Vincent Jackson: Former NFL player dies of ‘chronic alcohol use’, autopsy shows

A report by Hillsborough County, Florida medical expert, published this week, shows that Jackson’s death in February was considered “natural” and the cause was listed as “chronic alcohol use.”

He was found dead in a hotel room Feb. 15 in Brandon, Florida, with no visible signs of trauma, officials said at the time. His family had reported him missing less than a week ago, CNN reported.

“Vincent Jackson was a brilliant, disciplined and gentle giant whose life began to change in his mid-30s. He became depressed, with progressive memory loss, difficulty solving problems, paranoia and eventually extreme social isolation, “said Dr. Ann McKee. chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Health Care System and director of the BU CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank.

CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by recurrent head trauma, according to the Heritage Shock Foundation. Stage 2 CTE, which can only be diagnosed through an autopsy, is associated with behavioral symptoms such as aggression, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, paranoia, substance abuse and suicidal ideation, along with progressive cognitive symptoms, according to the foundation.

CNN’s Tina Burnside, Homero de la Fuente and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.

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