Ge­orge Atkin­son III, for­mer Raider and son of team leg­end, dead at 27

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Gary Peter­son, Mer­cury News

Ge­orge Atkin­son III, a for­mer Raiders kick re­turner and the son of Pro Bowl Oak­land de­fen­sive back Ge­orge Atkin­son II, has died, ac­cord­ing to The Ath­letic’s Pete Samp­son. He was 27 years old. The cause of death is not known. Josh Atkin­son, Ge­orge III’s twin brother, died of sui­cide on Christ­mas Day 2018. Two months ear­lier, the twins’ mother had died from com­pli­ca­tions of Crohn’s dis­ease.

Ge­orge III wrote on theunseale­ that he was “filled with anger and guilt,” af­ter his brother’s death. “I was on an emotional roller coaster and in a real dark place,” he said.

Ge­orge III and Josh, born Nov. 29, 1992, at­tended Liver­more’s Granada High School, play­ing foot­ball and run­ning track.

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