Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – A Cleveland Browns employee has reportedly committed suicide in a maintenance shed at the team’s practice facility Saturday.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner spokesman said assistant groundskeeper Eric Eucker died of an apparent hanging.
In a statement, the team confirmed Eucker’s death but did not release further details surrounding the incident.
“This is a terrible tragedy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to Eric’s family,” the Browns said in a statement.
The Browns described Eucker as “a good friend and colleague, and an outstanding employee”.
“He will be missed by everyone in the Cleveland Browns organization,” the team added.
The Browns are in Oakland this weekend to face the Raiders.
On the same day as Eucker’s death, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.
Belcher reportedly killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and drove five miles to the team’s facility where he thanked Piolo and Crennel before shooting himself in the head at the parking lot outside Arrowhead Stadium.
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said.
Despite the incident, the Chiefs will play the Carolina Panthers Sunday as scheduled at Arrowhead Stadium.