Broncos' Kenny McKinley Dead in Apparent Suicide
23-year-old wide receiver found too late in Denver home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2010 1:40 AM CDT
Updated Sep 21, 2010 5:37 AM CDT
Kenny McKinley of the Denver Broncos jogs on the field during a game against the Seattle Seahawks last year.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead at his home from what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 23-year-old athlete, who had been on the team's injured reserve list since early August with a knee injury, had recently returned from a visit to family in Atlanta with his young son, an NFL source tells the the Denver Post.

McKinley had also recently been in South Carolina, where he was the Gamecocks' all-time leading receiver. "Kenny was certainly one of my favorite all-time players,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told the Post and Courier. “He was one of them. He was a wonderful guy. It’s hard to figure out how, or why, this happened." McKinley is the third active Broncos player to die in the last four years.