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