Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, #24, directs the football against the Seahawks during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys.

Ex-NFL star Marion Barber III’s cause of death revealed

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Marion Barber III, a former NFL star for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, died of heatstroke in June, officials said Monday.

Frisco, Texas police say the Collin County Medical Examiner ruled the 38-year-old’s death an accident. Police did not release details of the former running back’s death.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, #24, directs the football against the Seahawks during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, #24, directs the football against the Seahawks during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys.
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Barber was found dead on June 1 after police were called to perform a wellness check at a Frisco apartment he was supposed to be renting. According to TMZ Sports, officials said the thermostat in her apartment was set at 91 degrees and the heating was set to “on”.

Investigators noted that Barber used to train in “sauna-like conditions”. Police said there was no evidence of trauma or a drug overdose.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, #24, walks on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 25, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals beat the Cowboys 27-26.

Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, #24, walks on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 25, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals beat the Cowboys 27-26.
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Barber was a fourth-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2005 after playing at Minnesota. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after recording 975 yards and 10 touchdowns. He would join the Bears in 2011, but called it a career soon after that season.

In 99 career games, he recorded 4,780 rushing yards and scored 53 touchdowns.

In June, Dallas said he was “heartbroken” to learn of Barber’s death.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the team said at the time. “Marion was an old school, hard nosed football player who ran with the will to win every try. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to the family and to Marion’s friends during this difficult time.”

Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber, #24, watches from the bench against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.

Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber, #24, watches from the bench against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.
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The Bears added, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Bears RB Marion Barber III. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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