A former South Carolina football player who went on to play in the NFL, killed himself Monday morning outside the high school where he graduated in Tampa, FL, according to local police.
WSMV-TV in Nashville reported that officers discovered Tennessee Titans wide receiver Orenthal James Murdock, 25, about 8:30 a.m. in his car in front of Middleton High School in Tampa with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Murdock was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m., Tampa police said.
Murdock was signed by the Titans in July 2011. However, he was on injured reserve after hurting his right foot during training camp, according to the team's website.
A spokesman for the University of South Carolina Athletics Department said Murdock was redshirted with the Gamecocks in 2005 and played four games in 2006. He caught one pass for eight yards.
"All of us here are saddened to hear of O.J.'s passing," said South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier. "Our condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends."
According to WSMV-TV, the Titans released the following statement:
"We are shocked and saddened to hear of Orenthal James Murdock's death this morning. In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year's training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy."
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