On Wednesday, the Team of former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III confirmed that he was found dead in his Frisco, Texas, apartment.
Marking a second loss NFL’s this week after 25-year-old Jeff Gladney died in a tragic car crash early Monday morning.
The 38-year-old NFL star’s cause of death is currently unknown, Barber would have turned 39 next week. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported from sources that authorities did a welfare check on Barber’s apartment after a water leak was reported, and police found his body thereafter forcing their way inside.
Here’s what the Police spokesperson Joshua Lovell said in a statement:
“Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber. Frisco Police along with the Colin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location.”
The Cowboys, which drafted Barber in 2005 and was his team for the first six of his seven NFL seasons, said in a statement:
“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.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 1, 2022
After his playing days, Barber had some run-ins with law enforcement, including a 2019 arrest. He was given a mental health evaluation after being detained by police in 2014.
He is survived by his father and brothers Dominique, a former NFL safety, and Thomas, who also played at the University of Minnesota.