Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam took his own life, autopsy corroborates

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An autopsy has confirmed that Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam took his own life

An autopsy has confirmed that Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam took his own life.

Salaam was found dead on 5 December in a park near the University of Colorado, where he played as a running back from 1992 to 1994. He was 42.

Boulder County Coroners Office said on Thursday that an autopsy decided he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators say they werent able to determine whether Salaam suffered chronic head trauma from playing football, because his family didnt consent to those tests due to their religious beliefs. Salaams brother, Jabali Alaji, told USA Today that he believed his sibling exhibited signs of brain trauma prior to his death, including memory loss.

An autopsy report says he had a history of depression and recent life stressors. Alcohol and evidence of marijuana utilize were also present in his system at the time of death.

Salaam won the Heisman in 1994 after leading the Buffaloes to a win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. He was picked in the first round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears the following year.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.