Dave Duerson Attributes Suicide to C.T.E.

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By Alan Schwartz > New York Times, Photo by Matthew Smith
Former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duer comitted suicide by shooting himself in the chest last week. Just before his death, Duerson sent family members a text message instructing them to donate his brain to science in the hopes of gaining further knowledge of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to depression, dementia and occasionally suicide among more than a dozen deceased players. Read more about this major step in publicizing what has proven to be a potentially fatal effect of football trauma on nytimes.com.



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