Autopsy: Dave Duerson Folded an American Flag on His Bed Before Shooting Self

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Dave Duerson propped a dining room chair against the front door of his Sunny Isles apartment. He neatly laid out documents on the dining room table and on his bed. He also placed two framed certificates, framed medals, and a folded American flag at the head of the bed. Naked except for a gold necklace, he climbed into bed and pulled a green sheet up to his neck.

A crucifix was tattooed on his upper left chest. A Tasmanian Devil cartoon and two Chinese characters were inked on his left arm.

Apparently propping himself up with his elbows, Duerson held a fully loaded .38 Special in his left hand, aimed for his heart, and shot himself through the chest. The lead slug was later found in his right lung.

The wrenching details come from the autopsy report describing the scene of Duerson's suicide. The body of the 50-year-old former NFL star, who won Super Bowl rings with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, was discovered Thursday, February 17. His fiancée, who was in Chicago, had called the manager of Duerson's apartment building -- Ocean One, at 19333 Collins Ave. -- and authorized him to enter unit 603.

Duerson, formerly a successful businessman, had recently filed for bankruptcy. His ex-wife had taken him to court for failing to declare his Super Bowl rings, a Walter Payton Award trophy, and a Rolex watch. His only significant asset was a $35 million court judgment he was unable to collect. As the autopsy report states, he "also complained of memory loss and inability to spell." As has been widely reported, he texted members of his family before the suicide, asking that his brain be donated to the NFL Brain Bank to see if he had a disorder related to playing-time concussions. Those results are not yet available.

The immaculate and symbolic scene of Duerson's suicide hints that even after losing everything, he remained an immensely proud man. The autopsy report -- we've embedded a couple of less-graphic pages below -- notes, "The walk-in closet in the master bedroom has a football statue, three helmets from different football teams, and three football trophies."

Previously: David Duerson, Bankrupt Former Chicago Bear Who Committed Suicide, Was Sued By Ex-Wife For Super Bowl Rings

From Dave Duerson's Autopsy Report

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timber decking
timber decking

Sofa beds provide both seating and a bed and they are designed to transform from one to another with the minimum of fuss. Sofa beds can look every bit as stylish as normal sofas. 

Charles
Charles

This is what the America Dream will do to you if you believe in it, and if you dont tow-the-line

Guest
Guest

Well....Enjoy Hell!

Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

Wheelchairs

Henk_sg
Henk_sg

Pretty sad, made sadder still by the fact that the Owners Association wants to cut benefits, like medical, and make these guys play longer. Hopefully his donating his brain will show the results that he suspected.

mary
mary

Very sad, all the more reason to try your hardest to treat each other with love and respect. No matter how a woman or man appears outwardly, we never know how deep a pain a person may be carrying.: ( Rest in peace brother, your gift of your brain for study is commendable.

Nate
Nate

This is awful. So very sad.

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