The former Dallas Cowboys, who surpassed Marion Barber III, passed away Wednesday, June 1. Police found him dead in his apartment.
His sudden death comes just a week before his 39th birthday on June 10.
Here is everything you need to know.
Former Dallas Cowboys fleeing Marion Barber III dies at 37
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, someone at the complex complained Wednesday of water leaks from Marion Barber III’s apartment. Shortly after, the cops took a welfare check. They broke into Barber’s apartment and found him dead.
The reason behind his unexpected death remains unclear for now.
“Frisco Police, along with the Collin County Coroner’s Office, are investigating an unattended death at the scene,” said police spokesman Joshua Lovell.
– Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 1, 2022
Our hearts are broken by the tragic death of ‘Marion Barber III’, Dallas Cowboys, on Wednesday evening. Marion was an old-fashioned, hard-nosed football player who ran with the desire to win every defeat. He had a passion for the game and a love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.’
Who was Marion Barber III?
Marion Barber III’s father, Marion Jr., was a former New York Jets security guard while his younger brother Dominique Barber was a former Houston Texans security.
His other brother, Thomas Barber, played as a defensive lineman for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
It is not yet known whether he has a wife or children.
He started his football journey by running for the University of Minnesota. He soon joined the Cowboys as a fourth-round pick in the 2005–2006 season.
Barber went on to play for the NFL for seven years, six of which were for the Cowboys between 2005 and 2011.
He played for the Chicago Bears during the 2012 season.
Barber announced his retirement before the start of the 2012 season. He finished his NFL career running for 4,780 yards and 53 touchdowns.
He became widely known for his running style that earned him the title ‘Barbarian Marion’.
After retiring, his life had a difficult time.
In 2014, Barber was detained by Mansfield cops. He was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation.
In 2019, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of damaging two vehicles while running in Frisco.