The cause of death of EX-NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has been revealed

The cause of death of EX-NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has been revealed

The cause of death of former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has been revealed.

Williams, 36, died in September after an accident at a construction site left him partially paralyzed and placed on a ventilator. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit in Tampa Bay, Florida, following a construction site accident on August 21.

Williams died of a rare bacterial sepsis, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office in Florida, ESPN reported Thursday.


The medical examiner’s office said in its report that Williams’ cause of death was due to “bacterial sepsis with brain abscesses and necrotizing lobar pneumonia due to multiple tooth decay and retained tooth roots,” according to the outlet.


Hardening of the arteries and blood vessels was also listed as a contributing factor in the former NFL player’s death, ESPN reported.




Mike Williams.

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Born in Buffalo, New York, Williams found success as a high school football player at Riverside Institute of Technology and went on to play for nearby Syracuse before being drafted to the NFL in 2010 by Tampa Bay.


Williams went on to play five full seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2016 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He scored 26 touchdowns and had 3,089 receiving yards throughout his career.


Williams’ agent, Hadley Engelhardt, told NFL Network Ian Rapaport That Williams “will be missed.”

“He fought hard his whole life,” Engelhardt said. “Prayers for his family.”

Williams shared her 8-year-old daughter, Mia, with Tierney Lyle, who originally confirmed the former NFL star’s death to Tampa Bay Times in September.


Mike Williams.

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Williams’ father, Wendell Muhammad, has been providing updates on his son on GoFundMe since his accident in August.

His father said Williams “recently had a major accident at work” when “a steel beam fell on his head causing a serious head injury,” according to one post.

Williams’ father said: “As a result of this accident, there was swelling in his brain and swelling in his spinal cord which was torn.” He added, “These injuries led to complete paralysis of his right arm as well as the lower part of his body from the waist down.”


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His former teammates and teammates mourned Williams’ death online at the time.


“We are saddened by the sudden passing of Mike Williams, which leaves our organization, his former teammates and fans with heavy hearts,” the Pirates said in a statement following Williams’ death. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones as they grieve this tragedy.”

Williams’ former Tampa Bay teammate Gerald iron “My dog ​​was always a fighter,” he wrote on Love and prayers for my brother and his family!!”

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