Former NFL player Mike Williams has tragically passed away at the age of 36. According to a medical examiner’s report released on Friday, Williams died from a rare form of sepsis related to dental health problems.
Successful Career in the NFL
Williams, who played as a wide receiver, had a successful career in the NFL. After being drafted from Syracuse in 2010, he went on to play four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his rookie season, Williams led the team with 11 touchdowns and had an impressive 964 receiving yards. He also played for the Buffalo Bills and was briefly on the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster before leaving the NFL in 2016.
A Shocking Discovery
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s report states that Williams’ cause of death was bacterial sepsis, which was traced back to a dental infection and “retained tooth roots.” This specific type of dental sepsis, resulting in death, is a first for Hillsborough County, according to the medical examiner’s office. The report is preliminary, with a full autopsy, including toxicology and other information, set to be released later.
The initial report also highlights cardiovascular disease as a contributing factor to Williams’ untimely death. However, the overall cause of death is listed as natural.
A Tragic Loss
The death of Mike Williams has not only shocked the NFL community but also emphasized the importance of dental health. This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers that can arise from untreated dental infections. As the full autopsy is awaited, the football world mourns the loss of a talented player whose life was cut short too soon.