*Young Denver Bronco’s receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead Monday afternoon in his apartment in an apparent suicide.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said authorities were called to McKinley’s apartment in Centennial, Colo., at 3:35 p.m. local time and found his body in the second-floor master bedroom. He said detectives believe McKinley, 23, was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Local authorities were contacted by a female friend. The sheriff refused to comment whether or not a suicide note was found.
McKinley’s death is the latest in a series for tragedies for the Broncos in recent years. Cornerback Darrent Williams was slain in a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day 2007, and three months later backup running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis.
“Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley,” team owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. “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.”
McKinley played in eight games as a rookie in 2009 before being injured. He recovered from his knee injury but got hurt again in the first week of training. He was the fifth-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2009.