Adrian Robinson Cause of Death: Ex-NFL Player Dies at 25 of Suicide by Hanging, Medical Examiner Says

2014 photo of Adrian Robinson of the Washington Redskins
Former NFL linebacker Adrian Robinson Jr. has died at the age of 25 of an apparent suicide, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner confirms to Us Weekly AP Photo

UPDATE: The Philadelphia Medical Examiner confirms to Us Weekly "that the manner of death in this case was suicide, the cause was hanging." 

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Adrian Robinson Jr., a former NFL player who last played for the Washington Redskins, died Saturday, May 16, at age 25, according to multiple reports. 

His agency, Symmetry, confirmed the sad news via Twitter and Facebook on Sunday morning. "It deeply saddens all of us to share with you that Adrian Robinson Jr. passed away last night at the age of 25. Adrian was a beloved father, son, brother, friend, and teammate," the agency wrote in a statement. 

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"We ask that you please respect his family's privacy during this difficult time, and especially keep his daughter Avery Marie in your prayers," the statement continued. "Thank you for all of your support and consideration." 

According to Sports Illustrated, Robinson had recently signed a contract with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. His last NFL game was in 2013, with the Redskins, though his agency lists the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as his most recent affiliation. 

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Prior to his brief stint in Washington, the late linebacker played for the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also a star athlete at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

Temple head coach Matt Rhule mourned Robinson's death in a statement posted to the team's Twitter page late Sunday night.

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"The Temple football program lost a friend, a brother, and a wonderful young man today," Rhule said. "Adrian Robinson was one of the greatest competitors I ever had the pleasure of coaching and I know he was an even better teammate. I first met Adrian as an 18-year-old high school senior. I was so proud to see him back at Temple this spring finishing his degree and being a loving father to his new daughter."

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Rhule continued: "He will always be a part of me and will always be a part of this program. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Robinson family — his parents Terry and Adrian Sr., brother Averee and sister Aija, and his daughter Avery Marie."


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