Former NFL player Jason Hairston, who joined Donald Trump Jr. on a hunting trip recently, died at age 47, his company announced Wednesday.
KUIU, the hunting gear company that Hairston founded, announced the “tragic passing.”
“We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston. His legacy lives on in KUIU’s spirit of relentless innovation,” the company wrote on its social media pages.
The company also said that Hairston “took his own life.”
The former linebacker had spoke openly about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others who have repetitive brain trauma.
“I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head. I played the way they tell us not to play now,” Hairston said in a 2016 interview with CNBC. “I have all the symptoms of CTE.”
Trump also paid tribute to his late friend, who he went hunting with in Yukon, Canada, in late August. He called his hunting partner “an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come.”
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SOURCE: New York Post; Fox News, Katherine Lam