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Researchers: Chris Henry had brain damage at the time of his death – ESPN

Rahsaan HuntContributor IJune 28, 2010

From ESPN.com

By Peter Keating
ESPN The Magazine

Chris Henry, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver who died in a traffic accident last year, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a form of degenerative brain damage caused by multiple hits to the head — at the time of his death, according to scientists at the Brain Injury Research Institute, a research center affiliated with West Virginia University.

“We would have been very happy if the results had been negative, but multiple areas of Chris Henry’s brain showed CTE,” said Julian Bailes, Director of BIRI and chairman of neurosurgery at West Virginia. Bailes and his colleagues plan to present results of their forensic examination at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Researchers have now discovered CTE in the brains of more than 50 deceased former athletes, including more than a dozen NFL and college players, pro wrestler Chris Benoit and NHL player Reggie Fleming.

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