Vincent Jackson, 38, was found dead in his hotel room and cops are now investigating his death.
The 3-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was found dead on Monday, Feb 15, by a housekeeper in a hotel room at the Homewood Suites hotel in Brandon, Florida, located in the Tampa area, officials confirm
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating as there is no apparent cause of death. No signs of trauma.
Jackson, a former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Bucs star, had been staying at the hotel since January 11, though it’s unclear why he was living there considering he made a fortune during his 12 years as an NFL player.
Officials say Jackson’s family filed a missing persons report regarding the NFL star on February 11. He was located on Feb. 12 and cops spoke with him.
“After assessing Jackson’s well-being, the missing persons case was canceled,” officials say.
He was found dead in his hotel room days later.
Sheriff Chad Chronister issued a statement saying, “My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him.”
“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else.”
Jackson worked closely with the Sheriff’s Dept and was even made an honorary deputy.
“He will be sorely missed by not only football fans across the country, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions.”
Jackson was a star athlete in both football and basketball at the University of Northern Colorado before going 61st overall to the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Tributes have started pouring in for Jackson across social media platforms.