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Darryl Stingley Dies at 55

Darryl Stingley, the New England Patriots receiver who was paralyzed almost 30 years ago in a preseason game, has died.

Former New England Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley has died. He was 55.

Stingley was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after he was found unresponsive in his home, according to Tony Brucci, an investigator with the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Stingley played football until Aug. 12, 1978, when the then 26-year-old receiver went up for a pass during a preseason game and was hit hard from behind by Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum. The hit left Stingley paralyzed.

Stingley was born and raised in Chicago. He attended Purdue on a football scholarship. In 1973, he was a first-round draft pick of the Patriots, who are now owned by Robert Kraft.

“On behalf of the Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization, we’re deeply saddened by news of Darryl Stingley’s death, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Stingley family at this time,” team spokesman Stacey James said.

Truly a shame. And what a tragic waste of talent.

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