Chris Simon of the Chicago Blackhawks punching #43 of the Montreal Canadiens
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Family of former NHL player shares disturbing details on his death

Published March 20, 2024 at 12:41

The hockey world was deeply saddened on Tuesday by the news of former NHL tough guy Chris Simon's passing at the age of 52.

In a heartfelt statement shared by Simon's former agent, Paul Theofanous, his family revealed that Chris had taken his own life due to struggles with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

"Chris Simon's family issued a statement through his agent Paul Theofanous via ESPN's Kevin Weekes. «The family strongly believes and witnessed firsthand that Chris struggled immensely from CTE which unfortunately resulted in his death.»"

The family expressed their profound grief, describing Chris as a beloved family member and friend. They thanked everyone for their support and asked for privacy during this difficult time.

CTE, a brain disease linked to repeated head injuries, is believed to have been a significant factor in Chris's struggles. Although diagnosis can only be confirmed after death, the family's statement highlights the urgent need for more awareness and support for athletes facing similar challenges.
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Family of former NHL player shares disturbing details on his death

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