Broncos' Football Player McKinley Takes Own Life

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Kenny McKinley was only 23 years old when police found him on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head on Monday.

County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said authorities were called by a female friend of McKinley's who discovered the body after returning from an errand with his child. The sheriff declined to say if authorities found a suicide note. "It's still part of our investigation and probably nothing we'll talk about right now," he said.

In a statement Monday night, coach Josh McDanielsJosh McDaniels said "Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more important, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room. This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Broncos'McKinley who took his own life was a fifth-round draft choice in 2009 from South Carolina

He was on the team's injured reserve list with a knee injury. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009 with seven kick returns for 158 yards before going on injured reserve with a knee injury on Dec. 29.

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McKinley's death is the latest in a series for tragedies for the Broncos in recent years. Cornerback Darrent Williams was slain in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day 2007 and three months later backup running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis.

Nearly a million people worldwide commit suicide each year, with anywhere from 10 million to 20 million suicide attempts annually. About 30,000 people reportedly kill themselves each year in the United States. No matter the race or age a person, no matter how rich or poor they are, people take their own lives.

Experts says that most people who die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression, 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder.

In a statement, Denver coach Josh McDaniels said, "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."

if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal be sure to call 1-800-SUICIDE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-SUICIDE      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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