Vincent Jackson likely died days before he was discovered

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A preliminary medical examiner’s report indicates Vincent Jackson likely died days before he was found in his Tampa hotel room, according to WFLA news.

The death of the former NFL receiver was reported Monday.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Department said staff members at the hotel entered Jackson’s room on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. But they assumed he was sleeping after finding him sitting slouched over on the couch and left.

Hotel staff members became concerned Feb. 15 “when they found [him] in the same position.”

Jackson’s family reported him missing on Feb. 10, and, according to the new report, deputies confirmed Jackson’s well being Feb. 11. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said earlier this week deputies canceled the missing persons report after checking on Jackson at the hotel Feb. 12.

So it is unclear whether deputies made contact with Jackson on Feb. 11 or Feb. 12. Either way, it appears Jackson died at least two days — and maybe more — before he was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner’s office has yet to determine Jackson’s exact cause of death.

Jackson’s family donated his brain for a study on CTE, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, The New York Times reports.

“Vincent being who he was would have wanted to help as many people as possible,” Allison Gorrell, a spokeswoman for the Jackson family, told The Times. “It’s something his family wanted to do to get answers to some of their questions.”

Jackson was 38.

9 responses to “Vincent Jackson likely died days before he was discovered

  1. They found him slouched over on Feb 13th.. went in the next day and he was in the same position and that didn’t raise any suspicion? It wasn’t until day 3 that they thought something was wrong?

    Very odd.

  2. This is a heartbreaking story. Going from being a great NFL wide receiver to dying alone in a hotel room due to alcohol addiction,and possibly CTE…does it get much sadder than that?

  3. therealraider says:
    February 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    They found him slouched over on Feb 13th.. went in the next day and he was in the same position and that didn’t raise any suspicion? It wasn’t until day 3 that they thought something was wrong?
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    Was probably different staff members. On Day 3, it was probably one of the first two that recognized him being in the same position. I imagine walking in on sleeping guests isn’t all that uncommon for housekeeping, so I doubt any flags were raised. Perhaps on Day 3, the person checking the room was one that had went in on Day 1 or Day 2. That would be my guess. From my understanding, it’s a sizeable hotel, so it wouldn’t seem strange to have a sizeable staff that don’t clean the same exact rooms every day. Even if they did have a set schedule, people take days off. If the same exact person went in all three days, then it would be very odd. Otherwise, it’s easily explainable how it could be overlooked for a few days.

  4. therealraider says:
    February 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm
    They found him slouched over on Feb 13th.. went in the next day and he was in the same position and that didn’t raise any suspicion? It wasn’t until day 3 that they thought something was wrong?

    Very odd.

    – not really. Two different cleaning crews saw him on different days (sleeping) and, and left, and it wasn’t until the third day the first crew realized he was in the same position. He was passed anyway by that time so why is the realization by the cleaning staff odd?

  5. They should have noticed bed not slept in, the vacuum and other cleaning activity didn’t wake him?

  6. rugbyred says:
    February 19, 2021 at 10:30 am
    They should have noticed bed not slept in, the vacuum and other cleaning activity didn’t wake him?
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    They didn’t clean the room, they just saw him and backed out and didn’t return.

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