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Michael Jackson Cause Of Death: How Did The Former NFL Wide Receiver Die?


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Michael Jackson passed away today at 48-years-old. The talented wide receiver spent eight seasons in the NFL from 1991-1998.

Michael Jackson Cause Of Death

Early Friday morning, Jackson was killed in a motorcycle accident in his Louisiana hometown. Here’s TMZ Sports with the tragic details on the crash.

Louisiana State Police confirm Jackson was in an accident in Tangipahoa, LA while riding his motorcycle in the early morning. He was 48.

Officials say Jackson was driving a ’13 Kawasaki on US 51 around 1 AM at a “high rate of speed” when a 20-year-old woman backed out of a parking spot and into both lanes of the highway.

The motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side door of the car — and the impact was so violent, the bike smashed through the door and killed the driver of the car.

Officials are investigating the crash.

Jackson played his college ball at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he was teammates with Brett Favre from 1989-1990. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and he would spend the first five years of his career with Cleveland. Jackson had several strong seasons with the Browns, posting at least 700 yards and seven touchdowns three times.

Jackson became a member of the Baltimore Ravens after the Browns moved from Cleveland to Baltimore for the 1996 NFL season. He would play in Baltimore for three years, but his first season was by far his most productive. Jackson had the best season of his career in 1996, catching 76 passes for 1,201 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 14 TD receptions were tied for the most in the NFL with San Diego WR Tony Martin.

Injuries would cause Jackson to retire from the NFL at just 29-years-old, but he got into politics after his playing days were over. From 2009-2013, Jackson served as the mayor of Tangipahoa, Louisiana.

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