Death Of Former Falcon Ruled Suicide

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ATLANTA (AP) - The death of former NFL defensive lineman Shane
Dronett has been ruled a suicide.

Ted Bailey, the Gwinnett County medical examiner's chief forensics investigator, said Thursday that out of respect for Dronett's family no further details would be provided.

The 38-year-old Dronett, who played 10 years in the NFL and started every game for the Atlanta Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl team, was found dead at his home Wednesday.

Dronett played at the University of Texas and was a second-round
pick by Dan Reeves and the Denver Broncos in 1992. Reeves brought
Dronett to the Falcons in 1996.

Funeral services were pending under the direction of Claybar
Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.

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