Another member of 1994 Chargers dies young

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.

68 responses to “Another member of 1994 Chargers dies young

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

    Steelers Rule WOOOOOOOOO KISS THE RINGS BITCHES

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence.

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

    RIP

  25. @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.

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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).

  31. 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.
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    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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. trbowman says:

    Of course all the Steeler fans are making the classless remarks. Joke of a fanbase.
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    I’m a Steelers fan, and I didn’t make classless remarks. Every fanbase has people from all points on the spectrum.

  35. ’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.

  36. 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.
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    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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