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Cincinnati Bengals star Henry dies after accident

Chris Henry
Henry had seemingly got his career back on track with the Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has died from injuries suffered in a fall from a pick-up truck.

Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, said he died in hospital at 0636 local time (1136 GMT) on Thursday.

Police added that the 26-year-old was involved in a "domestic situation" with his fiancee and got into the bed of a truck as she drove away from a home.

No charges have been filed, although police said homicide detectives were investigating the incident.

Henry was in his fifth season with the Bengals and was known for his speed and athletic ability, but also for his troubles off the field.

He was dogged by frequent disciplinary issues, including 14-games' worth of suspensions for violating league policy and five arrests during his career.

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He had been on the Bengals' injured reserve list since suffering a season-ending dislocation of his forearm on 9 November.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said: "We knew him in a different way than his public persona.

"He had worked through the troubles in his life and had finally seemingly reached the point where everything was going to blossom.

"He was going to have the future we all wanted for him. It's painful to us. We feel it in our hearts, and we will miss him."

Head coach Marvin Lewis said: "It's a very difficult thing with his loss and a young life and one that won't ever get to reach its full potential."

Receiver Andre Caldwell added: "People thought he was a bad guy, but he had a big heart."



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