Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III passed away on 1st June Wednesday. Police found him dead inside his apartment.
His sudden passing away comes just a week before his 39th birthday, on 10th June.
Here is everything you need to know.
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III dies at the age of 37
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, someone from the complex complained about a water leak from Marion Barber III’s apartment on Wednesday. Shortly after the cops received a welfare check. They forced their way inside Barber’s apartment and found him dead.
The cause behind his unexpected demise remains unclear as of now.
Joshua Lovell, police spokesperson reported, ‘Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location.’
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The Dallas Cowboys released a statement on Wednesday evening saying, ‘We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.’
Who was Marion Barber III?
Marion Barber III’s father Marion Jr. was a former New York Jets running back while his younger brother Dominique Barber was a former Houston Texans safety.
His other brother Thomas Barber played as a linebacker for Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Details on whether he had a partner or any children remain undisclosed as of yet.
He began his football journey as a running back for the University of Minnesota. He soon joined the Cowboys in the 2005 – 2006 season as a fourth-round pick.
Barber went on to play for the NFL for seven years, including six for the Cowboys, between 2005 and 2011.
He played for the Chicago Bears in the 2012 season.
Barber announced his retirement before the beginning of the 2012 season. He finished his NFL career by rushing 4,780 yards and 53 touchdowns.
He was widely recognized for his running style that earned him the title, ‘Marion the Barbarian.’
His life hit hard patches after his retirement.
Back in 2014, it Barber was detained by Mansfield cops. He was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation.
In 2019,e was charged on two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief for damaging two cars while running in Frisco.