Vincent Jackson spoke to cops two days before he was found dead at hotel after family reported Bucs star missing

Vincent Jackson spoke to cops two days before he was found dead at hotel after family reported Bucs star missing

02/16/2021

VINCENT Jackson spoke to cops just two days before he was found dead at a hotel after his family reported that the Buccaneers star was missing.

On February 10, sheriffs spoke with Jackson’s family members who called to report him missing. A formal report was filed on February 11.


The following day, February 12, cops located Jackson, 38, at the Homewood Suites and spoke with him.

But, after "assessing Jackson’s well-being, the missing persons case was canceled," the force said.

Just days later, on Monday, the ex-NFL star was found dead at the hotel in Palm River Road, Brandon.

According to hotel staff, Jackson, who is a South Tampa resident, checked into the hotel on January 11 and had been staying in a room since that date.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that it is investigating the death of Jackson.

The post added that the sports star was tragically found dead at "about 11.30am on February 15 in his hotel room by a housekeeper.

"There are no apparent signs of trauma.

"The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death, as well as officially identify Jackson’s remains based on dental or DNA records.

"HCSO has notified Jackson’s next of kin of his passing."

In a statement, Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news regarding the loss of Vincent Jackson.

"During his five seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate professional, who took a great deal of pride in his performance on and off the football field."

Glazer went on to describe Jackson as a "dedicated father, husband, businessman and philanthropist, who made a deep impact on our community…"

Jackson was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, as well as receiving four consecutive nominations as Walter Payton Man of the Year.

In 2019, the Buccaneers reported how former tight end Vincent Jackson and his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation helped repair Marine Corps veteran Ed Wickliffe and his wife Molly's home, after it suffered from significant storm damage.

Jackson showed up along with over a dozen volunteers from UnitedHealthcare to the Wickliffe home in Northdale, Florida.

They worked on everything from landscaping to repainting for Wickliffe, who was drafted into the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Jackson said at the time: "He's served our country very well and now he's one of our neighbors. We now get a chance to come out here and help him."

He took up a special mission to aid military families in the Tampa Bay community after enjoying a five-year playing career with the Buccaneers.

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