TAMPA — Former Bucs extensive receiver Vincent Jackson died of “continual alcohol use,” in keeping with the post-mortem report launched Wednesday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s workplace, ten months after he was found dead in a Brandon hotel room.
The toxicology report confirmed three measurements of Jackson’s blood alcohol content material ranged from .28 to .32, 4 occasions what the state considers impairment.
The College of Rochester Medical Middle says a blood alcohol stage of .20 will result in vomiting, confusion and staggering round. Jackson was discovered to have a number of blunt affect contusions to his head, torso and extremities, in keeping with the findings within the post-mortem carried out on Feb. 16.
He additionally had a gentle case of atherosclerosis, a thickening or hardening of the arteries attributable to a buildup of plaque within the inside lining, the report stated.
Jackson, who performed 12 seasons within the NFL, suffered from Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his household stated in a press release launched final week by the Concussion Legacy Basis.
In response to the Concussion Legacy Basis, continual traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative mind illness attributable to repetitive head trauma. Stage 2 signs embody aggression, impulsivity, despair, anxiousness, paranoia, substance abuse and suicidal ideas.
The medical’s examiner’s report closed the chapter on the circumstances surrounding Jackson’s surprising dying at age 38.
It additionally helped clarify how the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Jackson, so seen in his post-career life as a businessman and philanthropist, may vanish in plain view.
Responding to a lacking individual’s report filed by Jackson’s household, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace situated Jackson at a Homewood Suites on the finish of a cluster of motels on South Falkenburg Highway on Feb. 11. He had been dwelling there since January.
Jackson and his spouse, Lindsey, married since 2011, had been separated for months when Jackson was situated. They’ve 4 youngsters.
After discovering Jackson, in keeping with a sheriff’s workplace supply, the household sought to file a petition underneath the Marchman Act. The Florida statute gives for emergency help and short-term detention to people requiring substance abuse analysis and therapy.
A housekeeper observed Jackson slumped on a couch in the hotel room the subsequent day however didn’t enter. On Feb. 15, three days after deputies carried out a wellness go to with Jackson, they entered the room the place he had been discovered useless.
Jackson had small cuts on his scalp and left huge toe, the post-mortem stated, however there have been no cranium fractures.
In response to a preliminary case abstract report by the sheriff’s workplace, there have been no drugs present in Jackson’s room, however a sheriff’s workplace supply stated quite a few liquor bottles have been found.
There have been indicators of Jackson’s alcohol abuse earlier than he arrived in Tampa Bay as a free agent from the Chargers, the place he was named to 2 Professional Bowls.
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He was arrested and charged with driving underneath the affect in 2006 and 2009, whereas enjoying with the Chargers. He pleaded responsible in each circumstances and was fined $2,408 and ordered to do a complete of 15 days of public service. Due to the DUI arrests, he was suspended for 3 video games to begin the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s private conduct coverage.
These issues appeared behind him as soon as he settled in Tampa. He signed a 5-year, $55.5 million contract with the Bucs in 2012, when he led the group with 72 catches for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns, incomes a 3rd journey to the Professional Bowl.
He performed 5 seasons with the Bucs and appeared meticulously ready for his soccer afterlife, charging into retirement from the league with a number of enterprise pursuits.
His dad and mom, Terence and Sherry, every served within the U.S. Military, and Jackson demonstrated his ardour for philanthropy along with his Jackson in Motion 83 Basis that targeted on army households.
He began his major enterprise enterprise, CTV Capital, whereas he was nonetheless enjoying in 2012. An actual property and growth firm, it presents development, property administration and insurance coverage.
However members of the family informed investigators they had “reason to believe (Jackson) may have suffered from chronic alcoholism and concussions,” in keeping with a press release the sheriff’s workplace made after Jackson’s dying.
The household stated final week it might haven’t any additional remark.
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