Ex NFL Star Keith McCants’ Overdose Reported as his Cause of Death

Sources claim former NFL player Keith McCants’ overdose caused his death at the age of 53 after his dead body was found Thursday (September 2, 2021) in St. Petersburg, Fla. May he rest in power.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office and medical examiner confirmed today (September 3) that ex Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Keith McCants, a first-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, lost his life.

PCSO announced in an email that deputies were called to a St. Petersburg home at approximately 5:10 a.m. Thursday. They found McCants dead inside the house, where others also clearly lived who made the 911 call.

McCants was an All-American linebacker at Alabama before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose him No. 4 overall in the 1990 draft and moved him to defensive end.

He starred three seasons with the Buccaneers, followed by stints with the Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals over the next three seasons. In 88 career games (39 starts), he made 192 tackles and 13 1/2 sacks. He made one interception and six fumble recoveries and scored two defensive touchdowns.

He fell after his football career, nevertheless. In 2012, he was one of the athletes who experienced financial problems that appeared in ESPN’s 30 for 30 films, “Broke.” He additionally talked of his use of painkillers and street drugs, several arrests, and his problems with homelessness.

McCants appeared in 88 games during his NFL career, recording 192 tackles, 13.5 quarterback sacks, and a single interception he came back for a 46-yard touchdown with the Cardinals.

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Keith McCants’ Drug Overdose Possibly Led to his Death

Although there is no official report about the cause of death at this time, police think Keith McCants’ overdose killed him; “It appears it was a drug overdose, but we are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner’s office,” sheriff’s spokesperson Amanda Sinni reported.

Keith himself opened up his battles with drug abuse and painkillers, explaining that he was taking over 183 pills a week before the end of his NFL career and it caused damage on his mental health.

Besides possibilities, the tragic death is still under investigation. Our team also is searching to find more related information and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Stay with us.

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Good to know he retired from football and surprisingly became the first Black marine police officer in Alabama at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

His close friend, St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon, stated he and others who knew McCants decided in 2010 to attempt to help him. “This morning, we lost that battle,” Blackmon wrote in a Facebook post, continuing that McCants had revived happiness following hip replacement surgery in May.

“We began to talk about his future again. The next 20 years. Buying a boat. His signature grin was back. But for every battle I could help him fight, there were others he had to face alone,” Blackmon added.

McCants additionally experienced financial troubles, reported in 2012 in an ESPN documentary named “Broke,” about ex-professional players who went through bankruptcy and other monetary problems.

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Reactions to Death of Keith McCants

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, but fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Family privacy should be respected at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the death of the beloved star. You can kindly share your tribute in the comment section to honor Keith McCants.

Quickly after the tragic news was confirmed, many of Keith McCants’ friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “I’m from his home town & remember seeing the house he was building after he made it to the NFL- and was so sad so see all he went through. It was great that he was able to get his life back on track. God bless him & all who love him.”

Another said, “Just heard that Keith McCants died. Of an overdose. September is National Recovery Month. Please remember that recovery is a lifelong process. Support those around you that need support and if you are in recovery, celebrate your achievements. Don’t let the disease win.”

Someone tweeted, “My very first class I walked into in college, my freshman year at Alabama, one of my classmates was Keith McCants. I won’t forget him. He struggled with life. But many who know him well describe him as kind. That’s great. I hope he has finally found peace. RIP, classmate.”

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