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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:13 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — The death of former first-round NFL draft pick Reggie Rogers has been linked to cocaine.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Tuesday that Rogers' death in October was due to a combination of cocaine and alcohol intoxication. Officials determined his death was accidental.

Rogers was a former star at the University of Washington and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1987 ahead of Hall-of-Fame defensive back Rod Woodson and quarterback Jim Harbaugh.

His NFL career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash that killed three teenagers.

Rogers' older brother followed a similar path from college stardom to the NFL to tragedy. Don Rogers, who played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, died of a heart attack linked to drug use in 1986.


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