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Broncos confirm passing of Kenny McKinley

The Denver Broncos have issued a statement acknowledging the death of 23-year-old receiver Kenny McKinley.

‘Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley,” owner Pat Bowlen said in a team-issued release.  “He was part of the Broncos’ family and will be greatly missed by our organization.  My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.”

Added coach Josh McDaniels, “Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room.  This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

FOX 31 in Denver has reported that the apparent cause of death was suicide.

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30 Responses to “Broncos confirm passing of Kenny McKinley”
  1. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 20, 2010 9:42 PM

    Such a selfish thing to do to your loved ones.

  2. Mikebrown_suckit says: Sep 20, 2010 9:43 PM

    Damn thats horrible news. Shame at such a young age. Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family as well as the broncos faithful from WHO DEY nation.

  3. Lambeaux says: Sep 20, 2010 9:45 PM

    RIP brother

  4. r8rsfan says: Sep 20, 2010 9:50 PM

    Can’t imagine what would lead up to this, the guy was living the dream for most of us regular guys. On an nfl roster, playing a game for a living. The people left behind are the real victims here. His family must be in shock.

  5. Free_Ryan_Leaf says: Sep 20, 2010 9:50 PM

    Terrible. RIP

  6. Igottz5onit says: Sep 20, 2010 9:55 PM

    Sad to hear…

  7. INVAIDUH says: Sep 20, 2010 10:06 PM

    that really sucks. R.I.P
    R. Nation.

  8. TheWizard says: Sep 20, 2010 10:16 PM

    Tragic. Depression strikes people from all walks of life. Sometimes a person can’t see a way out of it.
    Condolences to his family and the team.

  9. Eaglesfan290 says: Sep 20, 2010 10:36 PM

    Wow that is a shame, seems like they have had a lot of this kind of stuff over the last couple years.

  10. Barius Maximus says: Sep 20, 2010 10:41 PM

    Respects to his family, friends, supporters and teammates.

  11. Twiz says: Sep 20, 2010 11:29 PM

    Too young!

  12. superfuzz1000 says: Sep 21, 2010 12:09 AM

    May you find the peace in heaven that you could not find in life. You will always be a Bronco in our hearts.
    Proud Member of Bronco Nation

  13. xStaticOnRadio says: Sep 21, 2010 12:11 AM

    Rest in peace, Kenny. :/

  14. Eazy E in KC says: Sep 21, 2010 12:14 AM

    That’s too bad. Prayers from Kansas City for him and his family.

  15. cusoman says: Sep 21, 2010 12:22 AM

    Really hard to say “RIP” in situations like this, since tortured souls committing suicide obviously were not at peace with themselves or the world around them.
    Sincerest condolences for his loved ones, however… dealing with suicide in the family is a terrible thing to have to go through.

  16. Murgen says: Sep 21, 2010 12:32 AM

    Maybe his knee injury was career ending. Could have sent him over the edge.
    RIP bro.

  17. brett favres crocs says: Sep 21, 2010 12:39 AM


  18. In & Out Burger says: Sep 21, 2010 1:33 AM

    It would be very selfless for you to do it.

  19. hek2320 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:11 AM

    way to go dude yea too bad you wount see tommorrow

  20. gweetarman2 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:17 AM

    I am so happy that the comments on here are all mostly kind. Yesterday when the man died at Foxboro, all kinds of evil got spewed out and it was demeaning and inhuman. This is a tragic loss for Kenny’s family. So sorry for them. I got kicked out of here for making a case against those guys yesterday who were mocking the death of that man and I was frustrated by that. I was one of the good guys and PFT kicks me out. I would hope the moderators notice their error and let me back in with my original name. I also would hope that no one is allowed on here with tasteless comments.

  21. Raiderrich1911 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:54 AM

    Rip …I hate hearing stuff like this

  22. Lance19 says: Sep 21, 2010 4:46 AM

    Lifelong Charger fan sends
    respects to this guy’s poor family.
    Hard to imagine what could make
    a 23 year old stud feel like this was
    the best path.

  23. brasho says: Sep 21, 2010 5:49 AM

    Wow, tragedy strikes the Broncos again. Darrent Williams and Damien Nash and now McKinley all in the past three years. Absolutely terrible and tragic.

  24. Old School says: Sep 21, 2010 8:17 AM

    Prayers from the Frozen Tundra for the comfort of his family. How tragic.

  25. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Sep 21, 2010 8:19 AM

    I watched him a lot at USC and he was a bright spot on some mediocre teams. Its a shame for all those involved….

  26. Junior says: Sep 21, 2010 9:07 AM

    Darrent Williams was murdered and that is a tragedy. Suicide is selfish.
    Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends who now have to deal with trying to understand why he did this. I feel incredibly sorry for his family and friends.

  27. jm91rs says: Sep 21, 2010 9:20 AM

    Hopefully his family is willing to donate his brain so that it can be studied. It might show signs of CTE, which Chris Henry had, or other damage that could have lead to depression. I believe another recent college football player that committed suicide had the damage as well.

  28. LunarPie says: Sep 21, 2010 10:09 AM

    The NFL must own up to this growing trend. How can an athlete in the world’s most dominant sport make a decision to take their own life?!? The answer is either drugs or chemicals in the brain being affected by the collisions on each play. Speak up and act soon, Roger!!!

  29. 2000TJ says: Sep 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    simple_simon1 +1

  30. oxycode30 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:29 PM

    Depression is tragic and those who here call this kid selfish are idiots. It is very sad for his family and friends but it was in the end his life to end if he so chose. I’d hope he tried therapy before committing the ultimate act but wouldn’t be surprised if stigma prevented that.

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