Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found deceased in his Florida hotel room on February 15. Hillsborough County Medical Examiner released a piece of new information on Thursday. As per the information, the medical examiners are assuming that Jackson might have expired three days before pronounced quiet.
Timeline of the death incident of Vincent Jackson
Jackson had been staying at the hotel since January 11. However, he was out of contact with his family from the first week of February. Subsequently, the family contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on February 10, to report that he was missing. Henceforth, the police filed a missing report on February 11. Later, the police were able to locate Jackson on February 12.
An officer from Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office went to the hotel as a part of the welfare check on February 12. After assessing Jackson’s well-being, the office canceled the official missing report.
Then on February 13 and 14, the hotel staff visited his room and noticed that he was seated on the sofa but slouched over.
“They assumed he was sleeping and left the room,” the report said.
On February 15, hotel staff again visited Vincent Jackson’s room. The staff found him in the same position on the sofa and noticed that he had not moved an inch from his previous spot. Hence, the staff called 911 at 11:37 am, in a flash.
The medical examiner’s office described the findings to ESPN after the initial investigation. He said that there were no signs of injury or trauma except a deep small cut on his left toe.
However, Hillsborough County Sheriff Office’s initial report did not provide any details on February 13 and 14 as the investigation was still in the process.
The reason behind Jackson’s death
The most recent report came out on Thursday, which said that the police did not find any medications on the scene. The report on “social history” cited alcohol and the use of smokeless tobacco. Consequently, it is not immediately known what killed Jackson. Further, the recent report entitled “pending further study.”
HAPPENING NOW: #teamHCSO is investigating the death of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Vincent Jackson. Jackson, 38, was found deceased on Monday, February 15, 2021, at the Homewood Suites in Brandon. pic.twitter.com/OZ8QwKakLw
— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) February 15, 2021
“There cannot be a rush to judgment in determining cause and manner of death,” Michelle Van Dyke, a spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner, said in an email. “At this time, there is no timeframe for the completion of the autopsy report for Mr. Jackson, though the Medical Examiner anticipates it may take several months.”
Vincent Jackson’s family donates his brain to CTE Study
Jackson’s family talked to the New York time on Thursday and told that they have decided to donate Jackson’s brain to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) research center.
“Vincent being who he was would have wanted to help as many people as possible,” said Allison Gorrell, a spokeswoman for the Jackson family, in a phone interview Wednesday. “It’s something his family wanted to do to get answers to some of their questions.”
“If anything can be learned from his death that might help someone else, Vincent would want that since he was passionate during his life about impacting others around him,” family spokesperson Allison Gorrell told ESPN.
Many unanswered questions are still lingering behind, including the detailed explanation of Vincent Jackson’s demise. Although, it can take weeks to get the autopsy report. Nevertheless, the initial findings from Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister suggest that “Jackson, 38, had health problems associated with alcoholism, which Chronister said were cited in the unreleased autopsy report. He also said the Jackson family told him that they believed that concussions may have been a factor in his behavior.”