Duerson's kin donating his brain for research

February 20, 2011 4:07:41 PM PST
The family of former Bears safety Dave Duerson is donating his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

It's a condition linked to athletes who have experienced repeated concussions.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Duerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest and that his death has been ruled a suicide.

A representative from a center that studies degenerative brain conditions at Boston University School of Medicine says he was contacted by the NFL Players Association and he also spoke with a representative of Duerson's family.

Duerson died in Florida on Thursday.

He was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl Bears.