Marion Barber III, a former NFL player and Dallas Cowboys running back, died on Wednesday, June 1 at the age of 38.
On Wednesday the police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said that they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.
Police spokesperson Joshua Lovell said, “Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber,”
“Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location.”
Someone in the building had called about a water leak coming from Barber’s apartment and police had to force their way in, reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper quoting a source.
The result of the death is unknown.
The Cowboys released an official statement Wednesday evening.
It stated, “We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and a love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
According to the reports, Barber played seven years in the NFL, including six for the Cowboys, between 2005 and 2011. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after rushing for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season that he didn’t start a game for Dallas, splitting time with Julius Jones.