Ray Rice, Jovan Belcher, Junior Seau…
Are football players concussions leading to suicides and violence?
Just eight months after Seau's death, the scientists who examined his brain announced they had found evidence of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a dire neurological disease linked to concussions, which has been a factor in the deaths of many other NFL players.
Now, another player may be added to that list. This time, he didn't have the chance to reach the NFL yet.
Find out what the town is talking about…
The Columbus Police announced in a press conference on Sunday that the body of missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found.
Karageorge's body was found in a dumpster near his apartment around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The spokesperson for the Columbus Police said it appears Karageorge died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Early Wednesday morning, Karageorge went missing after leaving his apartment to take a walk.
Karageorge was a walk-on defensive lineman playing in one game, and was acknowledged during Senior Day prior to Saturday's game against Michigan.
Following the game, head coach Urban Meyer had a message for Karageorge telling him to, "Just come home, man."
"He's only been with us since August, so I don't know him well, but I talked to his mom a couple times," Meyer said. "You need your strength on the team, and I know there have been a lot of prayers on the team."
Karageorge’s family believes the apparent suicide may be related to the concussions their son had suffered. His mother, Susan, told NBC4i in Columbusthat he “has a history of sports-related concussions” and “had a few spells of being extremely confused.” His family believes he may be disoriented from a head injury he sustained last month, according to his sister.
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics released this statement following the news on Sunday.
"The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."