SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV/WETM) — Former Syracuse Football star Chris Gedney suffered from stage 2 CTE before taking his own life last march at the age of 47.
Gedney’s widow is now sharing the results of his autopsy with NewsChannel 9 and our Steve Infanti.
The autopsy was conducted at Boston University. The VA Concussion Legacy Foundation concluded that at the time of his death, Gedney was suffering from stage 2 CTE.
In addition to the findings, we received this statement from Seely Gedney, Chris’ widow:
“He is loved and missed by all that knew him. His legacy of kindness, compassion and courage will live on. His children and I appreciate the incredible outpouring of love and support that we have experienced over the last 15 months.”
The autopsy was performed by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist in neuro-degenerative disease at Boston University and the autopsy showed Gedney had Stage 2 CTE.
There are four stages of the disease. At Stage 2, individuals suffer from depression, mood swings and short-term memory loss, among other things, as was well as suicidal thoughts.
Gedney was a star at Liverpool High School before becoming an All-American tight end at Syracuse. He then went on to play seven years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.