Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Tampa Bay, Fla., according to the Tampa Police. He was 25.
Per the police report, Murdock's body was discovered in his car in front of Middleton High school, which he attended, at approximately 8:30 a.m. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that Murdock didn't report to Titans training camp last week. When coach Mike Munchak was asked about his situation over the weekend, he said Murdock was absent for "personal reasons."
Murdock signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent last year, but spent the entire season on the injured reserve list after injuring his Achilles tendon in training camp.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning," the Titans said in a statement posted on the team's official website. "In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year’s training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.”
Hadley Engelhard, Murdock's agent, told The Tennessean that the receiver was training and "excited about his opportunities this year" when he spoke to him a week and a half ago.
Some fellow NFL players were hit hard by the tragic news and responded on Twitter.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Police say a Tennessee Titans player has died of an apparent suicide.
Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis says officers found 25-year-old O.J. Murdock inside his car Monday morning with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The car was parked in front of Middleton High School, where Murdock attended school.
He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died.
Murdock started his college career at South Carolina but left the school and played for two years at Fort Hays State. He was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent a year ago, and spent the entire 2011 season on injured reserve after suffering a right Achilles injury. Murdock did not report to training camp over the weekend.