Kenny McKinley Found Dead

Former South Carolina and Denver wide reciever Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment in Arapahoe County, Colorado Monday evening in an apparent suicide, according to KDVR Fox31 News. McKinley was 23. Authorities were called to Mickinley's apartment around 7:00 P.M Eastern Time.

An obviously emotional head coach Steve Spurrier spoke briefly following Monday night's practice.

"I guess it is true," Spurrier said. "It's been reported that Kenny McKinley is dead."

McKinley was a fan-favorite during his years at Carolina. The receiver broke the school records for both receptions (207) and yards (2,781) and his name is displayed on one of the turnstiles inside Williams-Brice Stadium. He also scored 19 touchdowns and has a school-record 43-game reception streak.

The South Carolina football team was stunned and shocked to hear the news of McKinley's death. Just over a week ago McKinley was at Williams-Brice Stadium to watch the Gamecocks take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

"I saw him here - he came to the Georgia game," Spurrier said. "He seemed in good spirits. Great smile like he always had. I don't understand if it happened the way they say. It's hard to comprehend. Kenny was certainly one of my favorite all-time players. He was a wonderful guy. It's hard to figure out why this happened. It's a sad day."

Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels also released a statement Monday evening.

"Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room," McDaniels said Monday night. "This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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