Stanley Wilson Jr. died on February 1 at Metropolitan State Hospital in Los Angeles while in police custody, following his transfer from county jail, according to reports at the time.
This week, TMZ got a hold of the autopsy report and it revealed Stanley Wilson Jr. died from a pulmonary thromboembolism likely caused by deep vein thrombosis which is a blood clot in a deep vein.
“An autopsy conducted on February 4 by the medical examiner in L.A. concluded Wilson Jr. passed away naturally from a pulmonary thromboembolism.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, that’s a “blood clot that blocks and stops blood flow to an artery in the lung. In most cases, the blood clot starts in a deep vein in the leg and travels to the lung.”
The report does mention “red abrasions” to the “forehead, right hand, and right knee” … but they were described by the doctor as “superficial.”
Relatives of the former NFL player launched a lawsuit weeks after his death at a Los Angeles County mental health facility. Their attorney, John Carpenter, claimed that photos of Wilson Jr.’s body reveal he may have been a victim of excessive force before he died at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
Wilson Jr.’s mother said officials previously told her that her son had fallen out of a chair during the intake process before he died.
The former Detroit Lions player was arrested for trespassing in August 2022, which was an event Carpenter said may have been influenced by symptoms of CTE, which is a degenerative brain disease that has been found in hundreds of NFL players after their deaths.
Wilson Jr.’s father, Stanley Wilson Sr., who is also a former NFL player, said that the family simply wants the truth.
“It hurts really bad to bury your child,” he said at the time.
According to the New York Post, the family is seeking $45 million in damages.
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