While taking a walk in South California, former USC and San Diego Chargers footballer Kevin Ellison suddenly collapsed and died. It is not known at this time what caused Ellison’s unexpected and tragic death. However, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) cannot be ruled out and could be a leading suspected cause.
Chris, Kevin Ellison’s brother, told newsgroups that Kevin had significant mental health issues and cognitive impairment in the weeks leading up to his death. Kevin was found collapsed along the side of the I-5 freeway. Chris believes he was trying to make his way home but likely was severely disoriented. Such a symptom is not unusual for football players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Indeed, Ellison’s family have stated that they do intend to allow Kevin’s brain to be studied by CTE researchers. Past studies have found that nearly 100% of deceased footballers have CTE to some extent. If evidence of CTE scarring is found within Kevin’s brain, then it will be yet another solid link between CTE and irrational mood swings and sudden fatalities.
(You can learn more about this ongoing story by clicking here to view a full article from People magazine.)
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