Former 49ers Football Player Jason Hairston Dies by Suicide at Age 47

Editor's Note

If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Jason Hairston has died by suicide at the age of 47, according to a statement released by Hairston’s sporting company KUIU on Wednesday. Hairston was a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos NFL football teams in the 1990s.

In 2016, Hairston revealed to CNBC that he was suffering from symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition that can be caused by concussions and head injuries in contact sports such as football.

“I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head,” he said. “I played the way they tell us not to play now. I have all the symptoms of CTE.”

Fans and friends reacted to his death on social media and shared condolences.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image via KUIU Instagram.

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