O.J. Murdock, an NFL wide receiver who signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2011 as an undrafted player, committed suicide Monday in Tampa, Florida. Authorities say it appears Murdock shot himself outside Middleton High School, his alma mater. He was found inside a car parked at the school around 8:30 a.m. Murdock was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital two hours later. He was 25.
Murdock was unable to play in the 2011 season because of a foot injury sustained in training camp. Over the weekend, Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Murdock was not at camp because he “had some personal things come up.” The team released a statement today saying they are “shocked and saddened” over the athlete’s death.
“In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year's training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy,” the Titans said.
No other details on Murdock’s death have been released.
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