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Published on 09/20/2010 at Mon Sep 20 18:59.
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Kenny McKinley is tackled during a game vesus the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Kenny McKinley is tackled during a game vesus the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Fox31′s Josina Anderson has reported the Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead, from an apparent suicide. His body was found in Arapahoe County, there is no immediate information available.

McKinley was one of the Broncos top prospects at wide receiver when he was drafted in 2009, but struggled to make the field as a pure receiver contributing mostly to special teams.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released this statement, Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley. 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.

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. This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.Added head coach Josh McDaniels.

McKinley was placed on injured reserve during the 2009 season after suffering a knee injury; in 2010 he was placed on injured reserve this time during training camp after again suffering a knee injury.

McKinley was 23-years old, the third Broncos player to die in the last four years.

McKinley’s father told the players agent Andrew Bondarowicz that Kenny was in Atlanta yesterday and arrived in Denver late last night with his young son. No word on whether the child was with him at the time of his death.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McKinley family, his son, to his teammates and his friends.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

    Wow… This just gets worse as I let it seep in… I hope that his son is okay and that he wasn't around when this happened. Bless his family and friends.

  • broncoinva9986

    As a Denver Fan and as a Clemson fan, this one is extremely hard.. I watched him in college was thrilled when we drafted him. this one def hits home. Granted I never met the guy, but it sucks because we enjoy watching these guys play every sunday. We yell at them when they suck, and scream in joy when they do good. However, we forget that it is just a game and that these are real humans. Def will be missed very heart breaking

  • broncoinva9986

    As a Denver Fan and as a Clemson fan, this one is extremely hard.. I watched him in college was thrilled when we drafted him. this one def hits home. Granted I never met the guy, but it sucks because we enjoy watching these guys play every sunday. We yell at them when they suck, and scream in joy when they do good. However, we forget that it is just a game and that these are real humans. Def will be missed very heart breaking

  • Trumpgirl777

    wow….it just seems like we keep losing these talented young men. Such a sad day for his family, the Bronco's, and the fans. Nash, Williams, and now, McKinley. Unreal.

  • Areferee

    When it happens to any member of the Bronco family, it happens to us all. Our hearts go out to all of his teammates and family. It's a sad day.

  • Horsepower7

    Can't believe it!

  • iskabibble

    How very very sad… God bless his family and loved ones…

  • Jrod

    wow…try showing some respect and class…how someone could even think of making a joke out of this sickens me

  • Joe

    Dude you r a moron!!! Show a little respect!!! His family is going thru a hard time and you gotta post that crap!!! Real mature!!! R.I.P Kenny McKinley!!!! My prayers go out to his family!!!

  • Katch22

    Are you kidding me????

  • anthony33

    Glad I didn't see the 'removed' comment.

    Very sad day.

  • areferee

    I did. Thank you, BT, for removing this idiot's stupid remark.

  • Gary_in_SD

    My condolences and prayers to his family.

  • Come On

    did yall here about Kenny McKinley death

  • Vince_marine

    My families thoughts and prayers are with Kenny, his family and most importantly his son!!! RIP!!!

  • Afloren26

    We met Kenny and his family at Milford Park, Marietta, GA playing baseball; I wished that someone knew how much he was really hurting, such a sad end to a promising young man on and off the field. Prayers for his family.

  • Afloren26

    We met Kenny and his family at Milford Park, Marietta, GA playing baseball; I wished that someone knew how much he was really hurting, such a sad end to a promising young man on and off the field. Prayers for his family.