Frisco police verified to NFL.com on Monday that former Cowboys running back Marion Barber had died of heat stroke, as determined by the Collin County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office.
In this case, the office has concluded that Barber’s death was the result of an accident.
The Frisco Police Department conducted a welfare check on June 1 and discovered the body of 38-year-old Barber inside the residence. When his corpse was discovered, its cause of death was a mystery.
We are devastated by Marion Barber III’s untimely passing,” the Cowboys announced in a statement last month. “Marion was the kind of old-school, no-nonsense running back who played every down with the determination to win. He was deeply committed to the sport and cherished his relationships with his mentors and colleagues. Our deepest sympathies are with Marion’s loved ones at this time.”
Former Cowboys RB Marion Barber III’s cause of death was heat stroke, the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office said.https://t.co/DMDLSp7j86
— USA TODAY NFL (@usatodaynfl) July 11, 2022
As a result of his dogged running style, Barber was able to contribute in each of his seven NFL seasons (2005-2011). The Cowboys selected Barber in the fourth round of the draft from the University of Minnesota. His knack for finding the end zone and his incredible agility made him a fan favorite almost away. In 2007, Barber made the Pro Bowl thanks to his 975 yards and 10 touchdowns on the run and his 44 catches for 282 yards and two more touchdowns in the air.
For his final season in the NFL, Barber joined the Bears after the 2010 campaign and remained there until announcing his retirement in March of 2012.
Barber finished his NFL career with 4,780 yards running, 1,330 yards receiving, and 59 touchdowns.
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