Updated: Titans WR O.J. Murdock dies in apparent suicide.
TAMPA — Local authorities are looking into the suicide death of a player on the Tennessee Titans roster.
O.J. Murdock, 25 was found in his car by police at 8:30 a.m. local time with what appears to be an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Murdock was discovered in front of his former school Middleton High and died at Tampa General Hospital according to a local news affiliate.
The wide receiver spent 2011 on IR due to a right foot injury according to the team’s website.
The Titans cited “personal reasons” to explain his absence from camp just before today’s events.
Murdock was a varsity star at the high school level and spent two years as a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks before he was dismissed from that program for felony grand theft after a shoplifting incident.
The former national sprinting champion caught on with and was a standout for the Fort Hays State Tigers before turning pro.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning,” the Titans said in a statement Monday. “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.”
Hopefully others will look at this tragedy and absorb the fact that nothing is worth taking your life over.