Former 49ers linebacker Jason Hairston found dead just days after hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr
Jason Hairston had been suffering from symptoms of a cognitive brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The former National Football League (NFL) player, 47-year-old Jason Hairston, who played for San Francisco 49er reportedly died earlier this week, shortly after he took a hunting trip to Canada with his close friend Donald Trump Jr. Hairston was also a member of President Donald Trump's administration.
A statement released on Wednesday by Hairston's outdoor company KUIU, read: "We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston.” He is survived by his two children and wife Kirstyn, People reported.
The firm also later revealed that the former NFL player "was found dead at his home in Dixon, CA on Sept. 4, 2018" and added that he "took his own life," according to reports.
Hairston, in 2016, had revealed that he was suffering from symptoms of a cognitive brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The disease, which is generally found in military persons and athletes, occurs after a person suffers repetitive hits to the head. The condition can only be confirmed after the person experiencing the symptoms has died, reports state.
According to his firm's website, Hairston spent his early years playing football and attended the University of California, in Davis. He was named a starting linebacker for UC Davis Aggies football in 1993. The athlete, in 1995, was signed as a free agent to the San Francisco 49ers and eventually retired in 1996 after being traded to the Denver Broncos later.
Hairston, while talking to CNBC in 2016, had said: "I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head. I played the way they tell us not to play now. I have all the symptoms of CTE.”
Trump Jr. took to Instagram after the death of his close friend and shared a few pictures of them from their trip to Canada.
Trump Jr. wrote: "Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors. You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you R.I.P.”
Reports state that the last known picture of Hairston was shared by one of his fans on social media as the man wrote: "Sorry for your loss. I was with [Hairston] on SEP 2 in Prudhoe Bay. Great guy." The picture shows Hairston standing with his son and two fans in Alaska.