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The Arapahoe County ((CO)) Sheriff's office says Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead at his apartment.
Sheriff Grayson Robinson confirmed McKinley's death, according to the Denver Post.
"It was apparently a suicide, but we're still investigating," said Robinson, the Post reported.
"Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. "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."
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels released a statement: "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. This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
McKinley was a second-year pro who was on the team's injured reserve list. He played in eight games as a rookie last season with seven kick returns for 158 yards. He was drafted in the fifth round, 141st overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.
McKinley's agent, Andrew Bondarowicz, told Fox31News/KDVR-TV in Denver that, to his understanding, McKinley was in the Atlanta area to visit his family and flew back to Denver Sunday night after watching the Georgia-South Carolina game.
According to Fox31's Josina Anderson, via her Twitter account, as of 10PM eastern time McKinley's body has been removed from his home in suburban Denver.
2300 UPDATE: Anderson was the lead on the 9PM News on Fox 31...
She has had contact from her "sources" who say that McKinley died from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found on the second floor of his Aurora, Colorado home. Anderson's sources also are alluding to worries on McKinley's behalf about his finances and depression over his second season on the Broncos IR list...
Hre's Fox 31's coverage... Anderson is front and center...
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