The death of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling will change one of the 61 personal injury lawsuits against the NFL to wrongful death, his lawyer announced earlier this week.
Easterling and six other former NFL players were the first to file a concussion lawsuit against the league. Now more than five dozen lawsuits representing 1,260 players have been filed. Former players are saying the league is guilty of recklessness, carelessness, intentional misconduct, and concealment of information regarding the long-term damage of concussions.
Easterling, 62, was found dead last Thursday in his Virginia home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Friends say his memory had begun to greatly deteriorate in the six months leading up to his death.