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Deceased Hockey Player Derek Boogaard's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against The NHL

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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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Deceased New York Ranger Derek Boogaard Suffered From CTE

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Derek Boogaard CTE

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.

An autopsy also revealed

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NHL Star Wade Belak Found Dead In Toronto While Preparing For Reality Show

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Wade Belak

Oh no! So sad!

Former National Hockey League enforcer Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto, Canada condo on Wednesday, where he was staying to rehearse for the the Canadian reality series Battle of the Blades.

Police are treating his death as a suicide for now, which makes Belak is the THIRD hockey player to take his own life in the last four months.

Battle of the Blades, a competition featuring NHL players mastering figure skating routines alongside Olympic skaters, said the production was "shocked and deeply saddened" to hear about the hockey players death.

On the other hand, fellow Blades competitor and retired hockey player Georges Laraque insensitively remarked:

“What? … What’s with all the tough guys dying or having problems? Am I next on the list?”

Bad taste if you ask us! Belak's death follows the deaths of New York Ranger Derek Boogaard died in May and ex-Vancouver Canuck Rick Rypien in August.

[Image via AP Images.]

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