Former Dallas cowboy running back Marion Barber III passed away on Wednesday, June 1. Police found him dead in his apartment.
His sudden passing came on June 10, just a week before his 39th birthday.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Former Dallas cowboy running back Marion Barber III dies at 37
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, someone in the complex complained about a leak in Marion Barber III’s apartment on Wednesday. Immediately after the police received the welfare check. They forcibly entered Barber’s apartment and found him dead.
The cause of his unexpected death is currently unknown.
Police spokeswoman Joshua Lovell reported that ‘Frisco Police and the Collin County Coroner’s Office are investigating an unmanned death at the scene.’
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“We are heartbroken at the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the Dallas Cowboys said in a statement Wednesday evening. Marion was an old-fashioned footballer who ran with a will to win every defeat. He had a passion for the game and a love for his coach and team-mates. Our hearts go to Marion’s family and friends during these difficult times.’
Who was Marion Barber III?
Marion Barber III’s father, Marion Jr., was a former New York Jets running back and his younger brother Dominique Barber was a former Houston Texans safety.
His other brother, Thomas Barber, served as the linebacker for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Details of whether he had a spouse or children are yet to be revealed.
He began his football journey as a running back for the University of Minnesota. He soon joined the Cowboys as a fourth-round pick for the 2005-2006 season.
Barber played in the NFL for seven years, including six with the Cowboys between 2005 and 2011.
He played for the Chicago Bears in the 2012 season.
Barber announced his retirement before the start of the 2012 season. He finished his NFL career by rushing 4,780 yards and 53 touchdowns.
He was widely known for his running style, which earned him the title of ‘Marion Barbarian’.
After retirement, his life went through difficult times.
In 2014, the barber was detained by Mansfield Police. He was hospitalized for a mental health assessment.
In 2019, he was charged with two misdemeanors that damaged two vehicles while driving in Frisco.