Dave Duerson, Nov 1960 - 17 Feb former NFL star, committed suicide in 2011 due to CTE. Before his death he complained of headaches, blurred vision, and a deteriorating memory. Duerson shot himself in the chest for the sole purpose of preserving his brain.
Dave Duerson: The Ferocious Life and Tragic Death of a Super Bowl Star - Men's Journal May 2, 2011, Center for Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine announced Duerson was suffering from a “moderately advanced” case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – linked to repeated blows to the head: symptoms include memory loss, depression,dementia – when he committed suicide. 17 months later, Duerson's CTE was confirmed in the scientific journal 'Brain.'
a member of the defensive line for the 1985 super bowl championship bears, dave duerson took his own life at the age of 50 because his mind was deteriorating . a native of muncie, he played for notre dame .he played in the nfl for 11 seasons .