Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III reportedly died due to heat stroke. On June 1, Barber was found dead in his apartment by the Frisco police. A month and a half later, TMZ Sports learned that Barber's death was ruled out an accident.
According to TMZ Sports, Barber was working out in a "sauna-like conditions." When the officials made their way into Barber's apartment, the thermostat was set at 91 degrees and the heat was set to on. Reportedly, Barber had a history of exercising in those conditions.
Also, the police found no evidence of trauma or a drug overuse in Barber's body.
Barber passed away at the age of 38
Barber, who spent six seasons with the Cowboys, made the Pro Bowl in 2007. Following his death, the Cowboys said they were heartbroken.
"We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III," the Cowboys said in their statement. "Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates.
Our hearts go out to Marion's family and friends during this difficult time." Terrell Owens, an ex-Cowboys wide receiver who played for a couple of seasons with Barber, was devastated to see his teammate pass away so early.
“We laid our brother down to rest in heaven and celebrated his life today. Still so unreal,” Owens wrote on Instagram after Barber's funeral. “We shared stories, laughs and praised him for the person and most important, the man of God he was.
Thank you to the Barber Family for allowing us to share this emotional day and his homegoing with you. Mama and Daddy Barber and family, we’re praying for your continued strength and comfort during these difficult days ahead.
We’re gonna miss you MB! Another one gone too soon. I’m hurting."