We’re just into week 2 of the NFL season & the Denver Broncos are in mourning. Kenny McKinley, wide receiver, dead at the age of 23 in an apparent suicide. He is the 10th NFL player to die since 2007.
Situations like these prove daily, you never know what someone is going through. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & all those who knew him, including the Denver Bronco organization.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley died on Monday. He was 23.
The Arapahoe County sheriff’s office confirmed the death. The team announced it was “deeply saddened” after being informed.
Officials have not confirmed the cause of death. Arapahoe County sheriff Grayson Robinson told the Denver Post that McKinley’s death looked like a suicide.
“It was apparently a suicide, but we’re still investigating,” Robinson told the paper.
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels remembered McKinley fondly.
“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,” McDaniels said in a statement. “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 was drafted 141st overall in the fifth round in 2009. The Broncos had placed him on injured reserve on Aug. 5 with a knee ailment. He appeared in eight games for the Broncos in 2009 but did not catch any passes.
McKinley is the third Broncos player to die since 2007.