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Autopsy report provides details of Duerson's suicide

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The autopsy report from Dave Duerson's suicide provides sobering details of the how the former Bears' safety spent the last moments of his life.

Documents were found on the dining room table of his Sunny Isles, Fla., apartment where he was found on Feb. 17. Two framed certificates, medals, more documents and a folded American flag were found in a second bedroom. In the master bedroom, Duerson's nude body was found under a green sheet pulled up to his neck. The autopsy report released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Department states that a .38 Special revolver was found under the sheet near his left hand with a spent round in the cylinder.

Three football helmets from different teams, a football statue and three football trophies were found in the walk-in closet in the master bedroom.

The 50-year-old had suffered major personal and professional setbacks in recent years. The autopsy report confirmed that Duerson had complained of memory loss, an inability to spell and had texted family members asking that his brain be donated to a brain bank to be studied for possible damage resulting from repeated blows to the head suffered during his football career.

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