Former NFL large receiver Vincent Jackson was reported missing by his family and subsequently contacted by police within the days before he was found lifeless in a Florida lodge room on Monday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office officers mentioned his family initially reported Jackson missing on Wednesday. Deputies tracked him right down to the lodge two days later, spoke with him and canceled the missing individuals case.
Jackson was discovered lifeless at a Homewood Suites within the Tampa suburb of Brandon days after the welfare verify.
A housekeeper found the 38-year-old’s physique at round 11:30am on Monday, in accordance with police. There had been no indicators of trauma and the health worker’s office was trying right into a explanation for death.
Sheriff Chad Chronister mentioned his division has opened an investigation.
It’s at the moment unclear why Jackson had been staying at Homewood Suites for the final month. He and spouse of 10-years Lindsey VanDeweghe (collectively above) lived in a sprawling $3.5 million mansion on the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club
Police mentioned the 38-year-old had been staying on the Homewood Suites within the Tampa suburb of Brandon since January 11
Jackson was concerned with a number of charities and took a particular curiosity in navy households
‘My coronary heart aches for the various family members Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his spouse and kids to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,’ Chronister mentioned in a press release posted on social media.
‘Mr. Jackson was a faithful man who put his family and group above all the things else,’ the sheriff mentioned, noting that Jackson, a South Tampa resident, was made an honorary deputy.
Jackson performed for the San Diego Chargers for seven seasons before turning into a free agent due to a contract dispute. He then went on to play 5 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making his final look in 2016. He recorded 57 receiving touchdowns and was chosen to the Pro Bowl 3 times.
The son of navy dad and mom, Jackson based the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation, a nonprofit to help navy households.
‘We are all mourning the lack of our beloved @VincentTJackson. His spouse and family ask that everybody respect their privateness presently,’ the inspiration tweeted Monday.
‘I’ve no phrases,’ ESPN’s Jenna Laine tweeted. ‘I’m in full shock. I wanted to drag over whereas driving. This is crushing in each attainable approach. Vincent Jackson was a cherished member of the Buccaneers and our group.
‘For those that didn’t comply with Vincent Jackson’s career in Tampa…he and his life Lindsey placed on child showers for navy households. They wrote a collection of youngsters’s books to assist households cope with deployment. He represented all the things that was good about Tampa Bay. We liked him.’
Local sports activities anchor Chris Fischer tweeted: ‘Terribly unhappy to listen to about Vincent Jackson, one of many sincerest gamers and folks Ive had the prospect to know. Did a lot charity in Tampa Bay and work with navy personnel. My coronary heart goes out to his spouse Lindsey, their family and his #Bucs group.’
Police mentioned there have been no obvious indicators of trauma and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office are at the moment working to find out his explanation for death
Mourning his death, Jackson’s former groups highlighted his dedication to group service.
‘During his 5 seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate skilled, who took a substantial amount of satisfaction in his efficiency on and off the soccer area,’ Buccaneers proprietor and co-chairman Bryan Glazer mentioned in a press release, noting Jackson’s work in the neighborhood.
‘His best achievements as a Buccaneer had been the 4 consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the Year,’ the workforce mentioned, referring to the award given to NFL gamers for his or her service to the group.
The Chargers, now based mostly in Los Angeles, mentioned Jackson was ‘gone too quickly.’
‘We are shocked and deeply saddened by information of Vincent Jackson’s sudden passing. Vincent was a fan favourite not just for his Pro Bowl play on the sphere however for the influence he made on the group off of it,’ the workforce mentioned on Twitter.
An outpouring of appreciation flowed on social media.
‘I began crying holding his jersey. I grew up a chargers fan,’ mentioned one fan who recognized himself as YungEazy on Twitter. ‘Great character and no hate on the planet. This could be very unhappy. Rest In Peace King.’