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Another member of 1994 Chargers dies young

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The 1994 Chargers, who made it to the Super Bowl for the first and only time in franchise history, have now lost seven members of the team prematurely.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that linebacker Lew Bush has died of an apparent heart attack, only six days after his 42nd birthday.

Earlier this year, defensive lineman Shawn Lee died of a heart attack at 44.  Defensive lineman Chris Mims passed in 2008 at age 38 due to an enlarged heart.  Offensive lineman Curtis Whitley died in 2008 of a drug overdose.  He was 39.

Linebacker Doug Miller was struck by lightning in 1998, at age 28.  Running back Rodney Culver died in a 1996 plane crash.  Linebacker David Griggs perished in a 1995 car accident, at 28.

We extend our condolences to Bush’s family, friends, and teammates.

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68 Responses to “Another member of 1994 Chargers dies young”
  1. dionoil says: Dec 8, 2011 6:57 PM

    Please don’t start curse theories. Side note, what ever happened to Natrone Means?

  2. edmazeing1 says: Dec 8, 2011 6:57 PM

    Whoa, whats going on there!!!

  3. packattack1967 says: Dec 8, 2011 6:58 PM

    Sad. You look at these guys as invincible on the gridiron. RIP gentlemen.

  4. KIR says: Dec 8, 2011 6:58 PM

    Broken bones, concussions, torn ligaments and yes premature death is why I never complain of the salary and NFL player get. They deserve ever penny of it. Rest in peace.

  5. earthtopft says: Dec 8, 2011 6:59 PM

    It’s 17 years now, since that team was together. You’re not going to be able to run that headline forever, you know.

  6. whatwouldlombardido says: Dec 8, 2011 6:59 PM

    RIP

  7. darthbaiter says: Dec 8, 2011 6:59 PM

    RIP

  8. chopper150 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    This is what happens when you use up all your prayers in that game vs the Steelers in 1994 AFC Championship Game….

  9. chief4ever says: Dec 8, 2011 7:01 PM

    If I were a member of this ’94 team I would be concerned.

  10. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 8, 2011 7:03 PM

    They’re beginning to look like the Steelers of the 70’s and 80’s who had Dr. Richard Rydze working for them team shooting players up with steroids and HGH. Sad.

  11. profootballwalk says: Dec 8, 2011 7:04 PM

    If I was in that team photo, I’d stay very close to my cardiologist. And my car would have a lightning rod and extra bumpers. And I’d travel by train.

  12. earthtopft says: Dec 8, 2011 7:05 PM

    Put X’s on the photograph so we know which players have already died young, and which are still waiting.

  13. sbxxix says: Dec 8, 2011 7:07 PM

    All BS about football and the NFL aside, best wishes to Bush’s family and friends. It’s always sad to hear a person passed whether they played football or not. RIP Lew Bush

  14. jdcush31 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:08 PM

    Excessive steroid use?

  15. jimmysimpson55 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:08 PM

    Chopper150, say something respectful or shutup.

    RIP

  16. gerard33 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:09 PM

    also played for the chiefs….. hope the fam is doing ok

  17. jbythebay says: Dec 8, 2011 7:18 PM

    I don’t mean to make lite of anyone dying but you have to admit a former charger getting struck by lightning is pretty ironic

  18. hendawg21 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:19 PM

    KIR says:
    Dec 8, 2011 6:58 PM
    Broken bones, concussions, torn ligaments and yes premature death is why I never complain of the salary and NFL player get. They deserve ever penny of it. Rest in peace.

    Really its a game…maybe you should complain, you see as a veteran and the risk we take compare the salaries and the risk and tell me who should be making what!

  19. baconmanlives says: Dec 8, 2011 7:23 PM

    Come on, a member of the CHARGERS was killed by lightning and you guys got nothing? Somebody has to have a joke for that.

  20. rpiotr01 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:27 PM

    I don’t know what to say about getting hit by lightning or tragic plane crashes, but one has to raise an eyebrow that three guys from the same team are dead in their 40’s from heart attacks. Could this be the after effects of steroid use and abuse in the league during that period?

  21. blackbug99 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:29 PM

    Three of the seven died of possibly coincidental and natural circumstances…….lightning, plane crash, overdose, and car crash tends, for me, to put this as a tragic coincidence rather than an evil plot. Unlucky is sometimes just unlucky!

  22. donz0 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:32 PM

    Everyone wears powder blue uniforms in heaven.

  23. jaynaked says: Dec 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    A San Diego Charger struck by lightning? How fitting.

  24. realnflmaster says: Dec 8, 2011 7:45 PM

    lololololololol

  25. franknunley57 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:47 PM

    This is eerie. RIP

  26. toolkien says: Dec 8, 2011 7:48 PM

    There is all the concern over concussions of late, but the big players who amass big muscles (with OR WITHOUT the benefit of steroids) put much greater stress on their hearts. This has been known for years. Playing football has so many risks that come with it – brains, hearts, joints.

  27. joeinoh says: Dec 8, 2011 7:57 PM

    AND… You forgot to mention the sponsor of that photo. Blockbuster is gone too.

  28. eleventyeight says: Dec 8, 2011 8:03 PM

    It doesn’t take steroids to strain an athletes heart to the breaking point; it just takes a massive amount of effot, adrenaline, and competitive spirit coupled with long, hard workouts.

    A human heart has a limited number of acclerated beats- the harder you push it the more you risk it failing on you.

    Re: the average age of men in the cowboy/Civil War era.

  29. isphet71 says: Dec 8, 2011 8:07 PM

    Was the entire team on the cover of Madden or something?

    In all seriousness, sad story. All the way around. Condolences.

  30. steelersownyou says: Dec 8, 2011 8:15 PM

    They beat the steelers in afc championship that year….God must be a steelers fan it would appear!

  31. david7590 says: Dec 8, 2011 8:16 PM

    @dionoil:
    Last I heard Means was the OC at West Charlotte High School in North Carolina.

  32. fmlizard says: Dec 8, 2011 8:22 PM

    Not sure what steroids have to do with car crashes, plane crashes, lightning strikes, and drug overdoses.

    The two guys who had heart attacks were both DLs…weight after their playing days probably had more to do with it.

  33. irishking says: Dec 8, 2011 8:35 PM

    Need to know more before determining coronary artery disease was the culprit. It seems like more and more young people have coronary artery disease from being overweight.

  34. grogansneck says: Dec 8, 2011 8:40 PM

    Thank you for avoiding the inevitable lightning strike/Chargers joke. Your restraint is appreciated.

  35. steelcitymasterrace says: Dec 8, 2011 8:45 PM

    Serves them right for somehow getting by in that AFC CG!

    Steelers Rule WOOOOOOOOO KISS THE RINGS BITCHES

  36. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 8, 2011 8:51 PM

    Obviously, I’m not a Steelers fan. But reading this article and seeing the insensitivity by a couple of you really is disguisting. You should be ashamed.

    RIP to those fallen men.

  37. hgrubsttipkcuf says: Dec 8, 2011 9:07 PM

    so you delete my comment but you leave this dipsh*t comment by this dipsh*t steelcitymasterrace. wow. just wow. seriously though, wow.

  38. hgrubsttipkcuf says: Dec 8, 2011 9:08 PM

    the people that manage this site are a disgrace

  39. rr2000k says: Dec 8, 2011 9:09 PM

    Way to go, douchenozzle Steeler fans

  40. dennis2488 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:11 PM

    thats not counting stan humphries who has been missing since 1995

  41. lostsok says: Dec 8, 2011 9:13 PM

    This is why HGH testing is needed.

  42. 6250claimer says: Dec 8, 2011 9:30 PM

    I was at that SB in January ’95. Chargers opened as 19.5 point dogs to the Steve Young-led Niners. Jerry Rice was in his prime. Shanarat was the OC for the Niners, Pete Carroll was the DC. The Chargers never stood a chance. During the pre-game festivities, they trotted out a pair of big inflatable helmets. The Niner helmet inflated properly and stood proudly, while the Charger helmet wouldn’t hold air and crumpled to the ground. Uh oh, that’s an omen for Bolts fans, I remember thinking. RIP to all those who are no longer with us. Crazy how many of these guys have died young.

  43. tfrancisco77 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:33 PM

    Did one of them find a way to cheat death? Are they dying in the order that death had designed for them?

    If so, you all should check out Final Destination…you’ll figure out who’s next to go.

  44. cliverush says: Dec 8, 2011 9:35 PM

    I am shocked by the horrible comments printed on this site concerning those who have died. It is bad enough that low class people write such things, it is worse that this site prints them.

  45. brotzelj says: Dec 8, 2011 9:40 PM

    I don’t recognize half of these guys and the ones I do are way past their prime.. This guy here is dead.. Cross him off then.

  46. armchairqb says: Dec 8, 2011 9:40 PM

    Suddenly, the Madden Curse doesn’t seem so bad …

  47. shep2837 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:52 PM

    Hopefully the 2002 Patriots will be cursed as well. Stupid Tuck Rule.

  48. deadeye says: Dec 8, 2011 10:35 PM

    Lewis isn’t really dead as long as we can find a way to remember him.

    RIP Lewis Bush

  49. Deb says: Dec 8, 2011 10:48 PM

    Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence.

    Deepest condolences to the Bush family, the Chargers fans, and his teammates.

    RIP

  50. KIR says: Dec 8, 2011 10:59 PM

    @hendawg21

    KIR says:
    Dec 8, 2011 6:58 PM
    Broken bones, concussions, torn ligaments and yes premature death is why I never complain of the salary and NFL player get. They deserve ever penny of it. Rest in peace.

    Really its a game…maybe you should complain, you see as a veteran and the risk we take compare the salaries and the risk and tell me who should be making what!
    _____________________________
    I’m also a veteran. Yes, they’re underpaid, if the veteran actually served during wartime and saw combat, however, that has absolutely nothing to do with the salary of an athlete who has a skill and elite athletic ability which only a few in the world possess. That’s part of what we fight for. The right to live in a capitalist country which allows an individual to make as much as someone is willing to pay them. Supply and demand and freedom of trade.

  51. tatum064 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:12 PM

    Final Destination…?

  52. aljack88 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:13 PM

    shep2837 says:
    Dec 8, 2011 9:52 PM
    Hopefully the 2002 Patriots will be cursed as well. Stupid Tuck Rule.
    ————————————————————
    Why is the 2002 team cursed; for not making the playoffs?

  53. hml1988 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:35 PM

    Been reading this site for a few months, and I love the news content. But this is the most insensitive collection of comments I’ve ever read. You guys are pathetic, and ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Classy bunch of folks, too, all you Steelers fans saying these guys’ deaths were karma. Even if it was a joke, bad taste.

  54. Deb says: Dec 8, 2011 11:38 PM

    @KIR …

    Mad, mad respect for your service and your intelligence. Thank you.

  55. souldogdave says: Dec 9, 2011 12:19 AM

    As much as I dislike the Chargers, that’s just a terrible thing. I remember that superbowl, 9ers whomped them. Wasn’t that the one where Gary Plummer clocked the guy on the goal line defense?

  56. jedimasterbates says: Dec 9, 2011 12:21 AM

    This sounds like the next Final Destination movie

  57. cordellgc says: Dec 9, 2011 1:05 AM

    someone put an APB out on Natrone Means

  58. trbowman says: Dec 9, 2011 2:12 AM

    Of course all the Steeler fans are making the classless remarks. Joke of a fanbase.

  59. grandpoopah says: Dec 9, 2011 2:42 AM

    RIP, gentlemen. On a separate note, one of the worst side effects of the Internet revolution is that incompetent, cowardly imbeciles can now shoot their mouths off without fear of being held to account. Show a little respect, you knuckle dragging mouth breathers.

  60. discosucs2005 says: Dec 9, 2011 4:47 AM

    I get the whole “athletes are overpaid” thing. But people have to remember where the money is coming from: billionaire owners. It’s not like if we paid athletes less, teachers and veterans would all of the sudden start earning more.

    If you have a problem with the salaries of people like veterans, police officers, or teachers, look to the government, not pro football. (And I’m not talking about just this set of politicians, I’m talking about the last 30 years of government policies).

  61. joetoronto says: Dec 9, 2011 6:07 AM

    cliverush says: Dec 8, 2011 9:35 PM

    I am shocked by the horrible comments printed on this site concerning those who have died. It is bad enough that low class people write such things, it is worse that this site prints them.
    ************************************************
    It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

    I mean, teasing fans of rival teams is all well and good, if it doesn’t involve a serious matter, like death.

    I’ve never understood the editing here, who and how someone decided what gets through and what doesn’t.

    I doubt this will get through, but if nothing else, maybe someone who can actually do something about will read it before discarding it.

  62. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 9, 2011 6:52 AM

    PEDs are a b*tch.

  63. catamount1 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:22 AM

    Natrone is working diligently at getting into coaching full time. He lives in Kannapolis and has a great young family. He was the coach of a pop warner team his kids played on a couple of years ago and won the championship. He began networking recently in an attempt to get a college job coaching backs.

  64. minkytails says: Dec 9, 2011 10:45 AM

    Everybody is complaining about the commentators here, but the source of the problem is the article, which was written with absolutely ZERO tact. You don’t list a bunch of people who died as though you’re writing a Final Destination movie or compiling trivia, and then at the end tack on “Our thoughts are with you…” Disgusting. This is why I turn off the tv at halftime of NBC games.

  65. cactusranger71 says: Dec 9, 2011 12:24 PM

    Tebow bless his family

  66. Deb says: Dec 9, 2011 1:24 PM

    trbowman says:

    Of course all the Steeler fans are making the classless remarks. Joke of a fanbase.
    ————————————————-

    I’m a Steelers fan, and I didn’t make classless remarks. Every fanbase has people from all points on the spectrum.

  67. twosheds01 says: Dec 9, 2011 5:17 PM

    ’94 Chargers had other curses. Asst coach Dwayne Painter’s ex-wife committed suicide just prior to the Super Bowl, and their daughter was swept out to sea when throwing her ashes into the Pacific Ocean.

  68. aljack88 says: Dec 9, 2011 6:32 PM

    twosheds01 says:
    Dec 9, 2011 5:17 PM
    ’94 Chargers had other curses. Asst coach Dwayne Painter’s ex-wife committed suicide just prior to the Super Bowl, and their daughter was swept out to sea when throwing her ashes into the Pacific Ocean.
    ————————————————————
    Their daughter and son had gone to Mendocino 4 days after the SB to toss their Mother’s ashes into the ocean. A rogue wave washed them both off the cliffs. The son survived but not the daughter.

    I don’t remember that happening – being a bit curious, I googled it. Sports Illustrated printed an article about them: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1006214/1/index.htm

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