Former NFL player Vincent Jackson was found dead in his hotel room in Florida. He leaves behind his wife Lindsey VanDeweghe and their three children.
Lindsey VanDeweghe has been left a widow after her husband of 10 years, former NFL player Vincent Jackson was found dead in his hotel room in Tampa, Florida, on February 15, 2021.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver was 38-years-old when he tragically passed away in his room at Homewood Suites in Palm River Road, Brandon. His cause of death is not yet known.
Vincent Jackson at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2015 | Getty Images
Jackson checked into the Tampa hotel on January 11 and staying there up until his death. The former football player's family reported him missing on February 11, but the case was called off the next day.
On February 15, Jackson's body was discovered in his hotel room. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office released a statement on social media saying that the death is under investigation. It said:
"The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death, as well as officially identify Jackson’s remains."
The 38-year-old has left behind his wife and three children. Jackson proposed to VanDeweghe whilst he was on stage being inducted into the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
VanDeweghe married the athlete in July 2011 and had three children together: Carter, Amaya, and Dominick. Although his kids rarely appeared on his social media feeds, they did feature now and then.
After finishing his career in the NFL that stretched from 2005-2016, playing first for the San Diego Chargers before moving on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jackson launched his own foundation, JacksonInAction83.
The foundation aims to help military families and children as Jackson's parents, Terence and Sherry, were both enlisted in the US military. Sheriff Chad Chronister, who worked closely with Jackson, said:
"Football aside, [Jackson] touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation."
Jackson's football career is still spoken of as he is ranked as the 4th highest receiver in the Buccaneer's history with 4,326 receiving yards and 10th with 268 receptions.
His records with the San Diego Chargers are just as impressive, with him catching 272 passes for 4,754 yards and scoring an outstanding 37 touchdowns during his seven seasons with the team.
The former football player's tragic death has left the football community and fans in shock, with many taking to social media to post tributes, including his former NFL teammate Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.
Bryan Glazer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman, also released a statement sharing how shocked and saddened the Tampa Bay team is by the news of Jackson's loss.