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Former NFL Star Zurlon Tipton Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

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What a sad and senseless tragedy.

According to the Detroit News, ex-NFL star Zurlon Tipton accidentally shot himself with a gun at a car dealership on June 28. The athlete was just 26-years-old.

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The horrible incident occurred after the ex Indianapolis Colts running back brought his car into a dealership to fix a transmission leak. Before turning over the car, the football pro reached for two duffel bags in the vehicle, one of which had a hand gun. Sadly, the firearm went off in Tipton's abdomen, a turn of events that subsequently killed him.

An employee at the dealership recalled the freak accident, saying:

"A gentleman … brought a vehicle into our service department between 9 and 9:30 this morning. He had a transmission leak in his vehicle. At some point he reached into a duffel bag that was on the passenger seat of his vehicle and the pistol that was in there deployed and shot the gentleman in the abdomen."

So horrific. The situation is even worse because the 26-year-old was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon back in December.

Shortly after Z.T. succumbed to his injury, fans and friends took to Twitter to remember the fallen star:

How heartbreaking. We can't imagine how Zurlon's loved ones must feel right now.

R.I.P, Mr. Tipton.

[Image via Instagram.]

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