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Former NFL Player Found Dead Sitting In His Chair

A Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: A Cleveland Browns helmet rests on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

According to police, former NFL player John Buczkowski, who played for the Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Phoenix Cardinals, was found dead this past Wednesday inside his home. Buczkowski, who played college football at Pitt, was reportedly found dead sitting in his chair.

Buczkowski was just 54 years old, but suffered from a number of health issues - including leukemia, diabetes and COPD. Police do not consider the death suspicious. They also say he had a "troubled" life after football.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that back in 2007, some pretty serious charges were brought against Buczkowski.

In 2005 he and his girlfriend were charged in connection with a high-end escort service that involved several prostitutes. He pleaded guilty June 4, 2007, to promoting prostitution, dealing cocaine and participating in a corrupt organization. Mr. Buczkowski, who was 43 at the time, agreed to testify against his co-defendants and was sentenced to nine months of house arrest.

The enterprise was run out of his parents’ home on Bowling Green Drive in Monroeville, authorities said.

It's unclear exactly what wound up taking Buczkowski's life. An autopsy should help in the matter.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Buczkowski's family and friends.