Jackson, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers receiver, was found dead Monday in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida. He was 38 years old.
The new details, released by the coroner’s office on Thursday, came on the same day that a spokesman for the Jackson family confirmed to ESPN that the family had donated his brain to Boston University’s CTE Center to learn more about his death.
According to the chronology of events the coroner gave to ESPN, Jackson was at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office on the 12th. of Feb. as part of a social security audit. Then the 13th and the 14th. In February, hotel staff went to his room and noticed he was sitting on the couch but resting.
They assumed he was asleep and left the room, according to the report.
The 15th. In February, hotel staff went back to Jackson’s room and determined that he had not moved from his former residence and called 911 at 11:37 a.m. According to the report, there were no signs of trauma or injury other than a small tear in the left big toe.
The initial report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office contained no information about what happened on the 13th or 14th. February is here.
Jackson has lived here since the 11th. January at the hotel. The family called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 10 to report him missing, and on Feb. 11. A formal complaint was filed in February. Deputies were able to pick up Jackson at the hotel on Feb. 12 and talk to him. After Jackson’s assessment, the missing persons case was dismissed, according to the original report.
Thursday’s updated report indicates no drugs were found at the scene. Socially, she used alcohol, smokeless tobacco and no known drugs. The report states the cause and manner of his death pending further investigation, which means it is not immediately clear what he died of.
Michelle Van Dyke, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner, said in an email that the findings should not be rushed to determine the cause and manner of death. At this time, there is no timetable for the completion of Mr. Jackson’s autopsy report, although the coroner suggests it could take several months.
The New York Times first reported Thursday that the Jackson family has donated its brain to BU’s blood collection center.
CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy and is a degenerative brain disease that can be caused by repetitive head injuries, including those sustained in sports such as football and boxing. The diagnosis can only be made after the autopsy and during a special autopsy where specific parts of the brain are examined. BU researchers had already found CTE in the brains of former NFL players.
If there are lessons that can be learned from his death that can help someone else, that’s what Vincent would want, because he always wanted to make an impact on those around him, family spokesperson Allison Gorrell told ESPN.