An official cause of death has been determined for Vincent Jackson.
According to reports released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner, Jackson died of “chronic alcohol use,” per Buccaneers insider Rick Stroud.
On February 15th, the 38-year-old was found dead after his family reported him missing. He’d been staying at a hotel in the Brandon, Florida area a month before his dead.
The three-time Pro Bowler, who spent seven seasons playing for the Chargers and five for the Buccaneers, had been diagnosed with Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the Concussion Legacy Foundation announced last week.
“Vincent dedicated so much of his life to helping others. Even in his passing, I know he would want to continue that same legacy,” Jackson’s widow, Lindsey Jackson, said in a statement.
“By donating his brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, we hope to continue to see advancements in CTE research, enabling physicians to diagnose the disease in the living and ultimately find treatment options in the future. There is still a lot to be understood about CTE, and education is the key to prevention. The conversation around this topic needs to be more prevalent, and our family hopes that others will feel comfortable and supported when talking about CTE moving forward.”
Through a 12-year NFL career, Jackson logged 540 catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns.