Death of 1994 Heis­man win­ner Rashaan Salaam ruled sui­cide

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DEN­VER | Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Rashaan Salaam killed him­self af­ter strug­gling with de­pres­sion, an au­topsy re­port con­firmed Thurs­day, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors will never know whether the one-time run­ning back suf­fered chronic head trauma from play­ing foot­ball be­cause his fam­ily did not con­sent to those tests.

Salaam was found dead Dec. 5 in a park near the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado, where he played from 1992 to 1994, be­com­ing one of the great­est play­ers in the pro­gram’s his­tory. He was 42.

Salaam died of a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound to the head, an au­topsy by the Boul­der County Coroner’s Of­fice con­firmed.

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