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Medical Examiner Confirms Ex-NFL Player Charles Johnson Passed Away by Suicide

12 January 2023, Thursday
The North Carolina state medical examiner has determined that the death of retired NFL wide receiver Charles Johnson was due to suicide. According to documents obtained by USA Today, the 50-year-old former athlete died in July from a drug overdose.

The report indicates that he had "acute oxycodone, hydrocodone and mirtazapine toxicity," despite having no known medical conditions or active prescriptions.

On July 16th, Johnson's wife reported him missing after displaying peculiar behavior, including buying a funeral and cremation service in the preceding week. The following day, a welfare check at the Hampton Inn located 6.5 miles away from his home revealed his body.

A room search in a hotel revealed two empty water bottles, an empty travel-sized bottle of body lotion, an empty travel container, a pair of sandals and a pair of eyeglasses. This was for Johnson, who had arrived at the hotel and left behind other personal items including his phone, wallet, and car keys.

Johnson had previously been a stellar wide receiver at the University of Colorado before going on to play nine seasons in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Buffalo Bills.

At the time of his passing, he was coaching and working at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, and those at the school described him as "cheerful and giving," according to USA Today.
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