Vincent Jackson's family is donating his brain to researchers at Boston University in an attempt to learn if the late wide receiver suffered from c
Vincent Jackson’s family is donating his brain to researchers at Boston University in an attempt to learn if the late wide receiver suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a family spokesperson told The New York Times on Wednesday.
“Vincent being who he was would have wanted to help as many people as possible,” spokesperson Allison Gorrell told the newspaper. “It’s something his family wanted to do to get answers to some of their questions.”
Boston University’s CTE Center, led by neuropathologist and neurologist Ann McKee, is the country’s preeminent research institution for CTE, a degenerative disease that has been found in the brains of former athletes and military members, among other populations.
Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Monday morning. He was 38.
According to a preliminary report released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday evening, hotel staff had seen Jackson “seated on the couch, slouched over” in his room on both Saturday and Sunday. When they found him in the same position Monday, they were concerned to find him in the same position and called police.
According to the preliminary report, Jackson had a small laceration on his left big toe but showed no other visible signs of injury.
Medical examiner’s office spokesperson Michelle Van Dyke wrote in an email that the “there is no timeframe for the completion of the autopsy report” in Jackson’s case, though it could take several months to determine the official cause and manner of his death.
While the investigation is still ongoing, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that Jackson’s family believed he suffered from chronic alcoholism and the lingering effects of concussions.