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.

30 responses to “Broncos confirm passing of Kenny McKinley

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Kenny,
    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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!!

  13. 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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