Wife of Cowboys Great Novacek in Apparent Suicide Death of LeAnne Novacek, 45, appears to be suicide By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Feb 2, 2010 7:17 AM CST 11 comments Comments LeAnne Novacek, 45, was found dead yesterday. (YouTube) (Newser) – The wife of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek was found dead yesterday. LeAnne Novacek, 45, was found in her mother's home in Burleson, Texas. The cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Dallas Morning News reports. Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Jay Novacek, 47, played six seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and was a 5-time Pro-Bowler. He retired from football in 1997 after a back injury, ESPN reports.