The suicide of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling will change one of the more than five dozen concussion lawsuits against the NFL. His lawyer announced his lawsuit will be changed from personal injury to a wrongful death case. Easterling was one of the lead plaintiffs in the first wave of lawsuits filed against the league.
Easterling was found dead in his Virginia home due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 62. Friends and family say his memory had begun to deteriorate six months prior to his suicide.
Sixty one concussion lawsuits have been filed by more than 1,200 former NFL players against the league for what they say is negligence, concealment of information, carelessness, and intentional misconduct regarding the long-term effects of concussions.