The football world got some devastating news a couple of weeks ago about the untimely death of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams. The 36-year-old was reportedly involved in a construction accident that got him partially paralyzed. He was hospitalized at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where he would eventually pass away on September 12.
Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR’s Mysterious Death Prompts Police Investigation
Williams’ death left a lot of unanswered questions. It has now taken a stunning turn.
According to a report by Olivia George of the Tampa Bay Times, local authorities have now confirmed that they are investigating the death of the ex-NFL star:
“The nature of the crime is under review,” the police department said in an email to the Times.
The fact that this case is now considered a crime is quite shocking. This is after allegations have emerged pertaining to Williams’ visitors giving him Percocet, a prescription opioid painkiller, on the day that he suffered cardiac arrest. According to the Tampa Bay Times, three of Williams’ close friends have also corroborated this story, claiming that the former Buccaneers wideout was indeed supplied with drugs by his visitors.
“People are walking around free, and Mike is dead,” his longtime friend David “Phūj” Thornton said. “It is sad if people (who visited Williams) at his bedside didn’t have his best interests.”
According to a statement by the spokesperson of the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, Williams’ death is currently “pending further study.” They are also unable to release an initial case summary because of the fact that this remains to be “an open active criminal investigation.”