Reports: Police investigating death of former NFL star Vincent Jackson

Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Photo credit (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

According to numerous reports, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead in a hotel room at the Homewood Suites Tampa Brandon on Monday morning. He was 38 years old.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating his death.

According to the release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Jackson had checked into the room on January 11 and had been staying there since that date. His family reported him missing on February 10, but the case was canceled after the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spoke with him on February 12.

On Monday, February 15, he was found dead by a housekeeper in the late morning. There were no signs of trauma, according to deputies. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death and officially identify his remains.

Sheriff Chad Chronister released a statement following Jackson's passing.

“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him," Chronister said. "Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else. Football aside, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We shared a passion for supporting military families, and three years ago, Jackson was even made an honorary deputy by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize his dedication to the community. He will be sorely missed by not only football fans across the country, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions.”

Jackson was a three-time Pro Bowler throughout his 12-year NFL career, which spanned from 2005-2016. He finished with 540 receptions, 9,080 yards and 57 receiving touchdowns.

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