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02-28-2011, 05:32 PM
Former Charger Shawn Lee passes at 44 (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/28/former-charger-shawn-lee-passes-at-44/)
Posted by Mike Florio on February 28, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

Our NBC colleague and good friend Rodney Harrison, a rookie member of the Chargers’ Super Bowl team of 1994, called to advise that his former teammate, Shawn Lee, died over the weekend at the age of 44.

NBC San Diego reports that the team has confirmed Lee’s passing.

Lee is at least the sixth member of the 1994 Chargers to die entirely too young. Defensive lineman Chris Mims passed in 2008 at age 38 due to an enlarged heart. Offensive lineman Curtis Whitley died in 2008 of a drug overdose. He was 39.

Linebacker Doug Miller was struck by lightning in 1998, at age 28. Running back Rodney Culver died in a 1996 plane crash. Linebacker David Griggs perished in a 1995 car accident. He was 28.

The cause of Lee’s death has not been disclosed.

The first thing you've got to think of in a case like this is steroids.

Reminds me of this Bear's player last year................with an enlarged heart with no explanation.

Did Chicago Bears Player Gaines Adams Die From Steroid Use?
January 17, 2010 04:02 PM EST

Is it possible that Chicago Bears football player Gaines Adams died from steroid use? It shouldn't be the first thing we think of upon hearing the news of his death, but with more and more athletes admitting to steroid use lately, and reading how healthy Adams was in every other way, it's hard not to think that his death was as the result of steroids.

Adams death was confirmed by the Greenwood County deputy coroner today. He died in an emergency room, with the cause of death being cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart. The coroner also stated that Adams appeared to be in perfect health, but it will of course take a few months for toxicology reports to come in.

According to the American Heart Association, an enlarged heart "may be caused by a thickening of the heart muscle because of increased workload. (This increased workload can be due to heart valve disease or high blood pressure, for example.)" Well, he didn't have heart valve disease or high blood pressure if he appeared to be in otherwise perfect health. So what was causing this increased workload to Adams' heart? And if he had either of those, surely Bears personnel would have known about it.

According to WebMD, steroid use can lead to an enlarged heart, hence the increased workload. That could very well be why Adams heart was working so hard. It's the off-season for Adams and the Chicago Bears.

With their dismal record this year, they didn't even come close to the playoffs, instead watching division rival Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings battle it out with the Dallas Cowboys today. What was Adams doing today that was causing an increased workload to his heart?

Adams was new to the Bears. Last October they traded away a 2010 second round draft pick to the Tampa Buccaeers to obtain his services. He didn't see a whole lot of action this fall while wearing a Bears uniform, but with the reorganization of the team during the offseason, he was expected to figure in prominently.