Report: Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley found dead

Josina Anderson of FOX 31 in Denver reports that Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead, apparently due to a suicide.

The 23-year-old McKinley, a fifth-round pick in 2009 from South Carolina, appeared in eight games last season before landing on injured reserve.  He was again placed on injured reserve to start the 2010 season.

At South Carolina, McKinley caught 207 passes, and he generated more than 2,700 receiving yards.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to McKinley’s family, teammates, and friends, and to the entire Broncos organization.

38 responses to “Report: Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley found dead

  1. Unfortunate. May McKinley R.I.P. T&P with his family during this time of loss. Having to deal with deaths not new to the Broncos organization(Darrent Williams and Damien Nash most recently)

  2. This is incredibly horrible. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
    Seeing this right above the Charles-Grant-To-The-UFL story shows a contrast in feelings that leads me to suspect mental illness. McKinley had a future in the NFL and Grant is resigned to the UFL. If McKinley felt so bad about his life to end it, something had to make him feel worse than a 32 year-old playing in the bush league.
    Whatever drove Kenny McKinley to this fate… well, I hope we discover the causes and use this information to help those with similar situations in the future.
    Sad. Sad. Sad.

  3. I wouldn’t worry about him PackLand; never let anyone who can’t spell “asked” correctly get to you. RIP Kenny, you will be missed dearly.

  4. sad to see a kid that young with so much to live for take this unfortunate step. RIP and my prayers to his family.

  5. Maybe the NFL should have more resources available for people with depression/suicidal thoughts

  6. OMG…this is so sad…he must have been in so much pain….I hope he’s at peace now and his family knows it was no one’s fault…it’s a tragedy that happens way too often.

  7. No matter what you do in this life…
    try not to take your own.
    Prayers & Love to the family.
    God Bless Them All.

  8. I went to high school with Kenny’s dad. My heart goes out to the McKinley family. This is a heartbreaking loss to them, and to the NFL community. My condolences to all.

  9. How sad! First the father dying with his son at Gillette and now this… RIP and condolences to the family and friends

  10. One has to wonder why a 23 yr old coming off a stellar college career who had a “sky’s the limit” potential in the NFL would do such a thing???….RIP and prayers/condolences to the family and organization

  11. Eight games in two years due to injury, and then his team using a 1st rounder on his position perhaps could have made him think his dream was closing.
    Another sad day for the football community.

  12. So very, very SAD. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. They will never get over this. Does anyone know why this happened?

  13. I lost my best friend in high school to suicide. he was my best friend and I never knew he was depressed. we may never know the whats or whys in this situation.

  14. Incredibly tragic.
    There has been a definitive link between concussions and depression…I wonder if he has had a history of head injuries in his football career.

  15. “Spoat says:
    Suicide is such a very selfish act. Certainly when you are so young. There is no consideration for those you are hurting; friends, fans, loved ones and especially family, knowing that you are gone forever.
    How gd selfish is that!”
    So you’re 100% sure that McKinley had “no consideration” for anyone else when he did this? You don’t think it’s possible to consider your loved ones and still feel incredibly depressed?
    I agree that suicide is selfish, but it’s stupid to act as though you know what McKinley was thinking and it’s stupid to act like it’s impossible for him to worry about his family but still feel suicidal. Spoat, you lack compassion.

  16. Condolences and prayers to Kenny’s family, friends and teammates. I hope he has found the peace he was unable to find in this world.

  17. It hurts me to know that Kenny was in that much mental pain.
    A sudden and severe Depression is by far the greatest pain a human can suffer and live to tell about it. Unfortunately, many are driven to take their own lives by an illness for which suicide ideation is a primary and serious symptom. You can not know such a psychic physical pain without having gone through it yourself. There are no words to describe the severity of it.
    Selfishness had nothing to do with it. He had nothing to gain from this but to end the unimaginable suffering that overcame him. I hope that sports organizations provide greater preventive outreach to their players to make them all aware of what to do and where to go when symptoms of depression hit them. Even Kenny could not tackle this by himself. It took his smile away, forever. He will be missed.

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