Posted by Will Brinson
Tragic news out of Denver as Broncos WR Kenny McKinley has reportedly taken his own life, according to KDVR .
McKinley, a fifth-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2009, was found dead in Arahapo County. The Broncos issued a statement saying they are "deeply saddened" after being informed by McKinley's death, but had no additional information regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.
“Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley," owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement released by the team. "He was part of the Broncos’ family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.”
The 23-year-old former Gamecock, who Steve Spurrier once called the best wide receiver he'd ever coached, did not register a catch in eight games last year with Denver.
We'll update you with more information as we hear it.
“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room," Broncos' coach Josh McDaniels said. "This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Update (9:21): The Denver Post tweets confirmation that McKinley has passed. Just sad, sad stuffl
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