The news quickly came and went in the minutes preceding Sunday’s games. A Browns employee had been found dead at the team’s facility on Saturday, after the team had left for its game in Oakland. The employee had hanged himself in an equipment shed.
The team has since released a statement acknowledging the incident and identifying the employee as Eric Eucker, a 30-year-old member of the groundskeeping crew.
“This is a terrible tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go out to Eric’s family,” the Browns said in a news release. “Eric was a good friend and colleague, and an outstanding employee. He will be missed by everyone in the Cleveland Browns organization.”
Our thoughts are with the Browns, and with Eric’s family and friends.