SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — 15 months after former Syracuse University football star Chris Gedney took his own life, his widow, Seely Gedney, is sharing her husband’s autopsy results with NewsChannel 9’s Sports Director Steve Infanti.
The autopsy, performed by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist in neuro-degenerative disease at Boston University, shows the 47-year-old had Stage 2 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, likely caused by repeated head traumas.
There are four stages of the disease. At Stage 2, individuals suffer from depression, mood swings and short-term memory loss, among other things, as was well as suicidal thoughts.
Gedney, who played at Liverpool High School, before becoming an All-American tight end at Syracuse University played seven seasons in the NFL, for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals, before retiring in 2000.
Seely Gedney, Chris’ widow, says:
“He is loved and missed by all that knew him. His legacy of kindness, compassion and courage will live on. His children and I appreciate the incredible outpouring of love and support that we have experienced over the last 15 months.”
Brad Sohn, one of the attorneys representing the Gedney family says:
“Today has to be a hard one for Seely, as it must be for all of the late Chris Gedney’s family and friends. We are sad with them and also offer them our deepest condolences. This is an important data point and also informs our search for answers as we investigate how this tragedy could’ve been prevented and seek to hold any wrongdoers accountable.”