Former hockey player Derek Boogaard died in 2011 from an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol, and now his family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit againt the NHL.
An autopsy revealed that the late New York Ranger suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death, which is caused by taking multiple blows to the head and suffering from concussions throughout his career.
The family's attorney William Gibbs claims the trauma caused Derek to become addicted to his pain medication, saying:
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Ugh! So sad!
An autopsy has revealed that Derek Boogaard, a New York Ranger hockey player who died accidentally after mixing alcohol and oxycodone, suffered from degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
Not only was Boogaard known as one of the most aggressive players in the NHL, but his season had been cut short five months before his death when he suffered a major concussion.
CTE can only be diagnosed through studying the brain after death and has been linked to athletes who regularly received repeated head trauma throughout their career.
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