Update:Former Falcon's Death Ruled Suicide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Jan. 22, 20090
ATLANTA (AP) -- The death of former NFL defensive lineman Shane Dronett has been ruled a suicide.

The Gwinnett County medical examiner's chief forensics investigator, Ted Bailey, said Thursday that out of respect for Dronett's family no further details would be provided.

The 38-year-old Dronett, who played 10 years in the NFL and started every game for the Atlanta Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl team, was found dead at his home on Wednesday.

Dronett played at the University of Texas and was a second-round pick by Dan Reeves and the Denver Broncos in 1992. Reeves brought Dronett to the Falcons in 1996.

Funeral services are pending under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.

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