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Former Chicago Bears Player Erik Kramer Survives Suicide Attempt

Something wacky is really going on!! People are attempting suicide in large numbers.  A sports figure Erick Kramer formally of the Chicago Bears survived an attempted suicide.  Depression and mental illness unfortunately are not health issues high on the priority list but it should be.  People go through things all the time and if a person’s mind is not stable, who knows what great lengths they will go through just to get the “madness” to stop.  EarHustle411 sends our prayers to the family of Erik Kramer, we hope he get the help he needs to continue living his life.

Read more as reported by the Washington Post:

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Erik Kramer, who played for four NFL teams during a 10-year career, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night, the result of an apparent suicide attempt. Kramer’s ex-wife said that he had been suffering from depression caused by brain injuries.

Authorities were called to a Calabasas, Calif., motel, where Kramer, 50, had what was described as a non-life-threatening injury, according to NBC News. However, Kramer’s sister reportedly told his ex-wife that the injury could be very serious.

Kramer’s former wife, Marshawn Kramer, had this to say to NBC News:

“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears.

“I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”

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A California native who played college ball at North Carolina State, Kramer is best known for stints with the Lions, whom he led to a 12-4 record and a playoff win in 1991, and Bears, for whom he threw 29 touchdowns in 1995. His first NFL experience came as a replacement player for the Falcons during the 1987 strike, before he joined the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders; his final NFL season was with the Chargers in 1999.

In 2011, Kramer’s 18-year-old son, Griffen, died of a heroin overdose. He and his former wife have another son, Dillon, who is 17.

“He’s such a good dad and he would not do this to his son,” Marshawn Kramer told NBC News. “This is brain injury.”

Several former football players, most notably recent Hall of Famer Junior Seau, have committed suicide in acts linked to head injuries. As with Seau in 2012, ex-Bear Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest in 2011, specifically so that his brain could be studied.

Several studies have linked the violence in football to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease that can cause symptoms such as depression, memory loss, aggression and dementia. Whether Kramer has CTE, or any other specific condition, is not yet known.

Source: Washington Post

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