Sad news out of Denver tonight, where Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, 23, has died.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office said that he was found dead in his residence. No cause of death has been released.
A star at South Carolina where he was an all-time leading receiver with 207 catches for 2,781 yards, McKinley was a second-year pro with the Broncos who had been on injured reserve since August.
The Broncos announced the death on their website tonight.
“Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley,” President and CEO Pat Bowlen said. “He was part of the Broncos family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.”
Coach Josh McDaniels will meet the press at approximately noon Tuesday, MDT.
“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” he said. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Update: The Denver Post reports that McKinley was reported dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but an investigation was ongoing.
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