Former NFL Player And Close Friend Of Donald Trump Jr. Dies Suddenly — ‘All The Symptoms Of CTE’

Jena Greene | Reporter

Former NFL linebacker Jason Hairston died suddenly this week at age 47.

The former 49ers and Broncos player was thought to have a severe case of CTE, though the condition can only be diagnosed by analyzing the brain posthumously. The cause of his death is still unknown. (RELATED: COLLEGE QUARTERBACK WHO KILLED HIMSELF HAD CTE [VIDEO])

“I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head. I played the way they tell us not to play now. I have all the symptoms of CTE,” Hairston said in 2016.

Hairston enjoyed immense success after his career in the NFL. He started the hunting and sporting good apparel line Kuiu, which is now worth an estimated $50 million and operates around the world and runs a successful mountain training course.

Hairston was also a close friend of Donald Trump Jr., and was given a position in the Department of the Interior in the Trump administration. Hairston was last seen with Donald Trump Jr. on a hunting trip to Canada this summer.

Trump Jr. left a heartfelt message for Hairston on his Instagram Wednesday.

“Jason, I have no words,” he wrote. “I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors. You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you. R.I.P.”

Hairston joins the ranks of other possible pro-athlete deaths prompted by CTE. Aaron Hernandez, Junior Seau and Frank Gifford were all suspected to be suffering from the condition, too.

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