This past July, police found the body of former first round Steelers draft pick Charles Johnson in a North Carolina Hampton Inn room, with nothing but two empty water bottles, an empty travel container, sandals and sunglasses. Monday, the North Carolina State medical examiner released a report stating the death was a suicide. Reports were that leading up to the death, Johnson had purchased a funeral and cremation service, and after checking into the hotel, he returned home, and left his vehicle, wallet, cell phone and keys. He was 50 years old.
Charles Johnson was a wide receiver and number one draft pick of the Steelers out of Colorado in 1994--he then played for the Eagles, the Patriots (where he won a Super Bowl in 2001), and ended his career with the Bills. He is said to have had many residual physical ailments from his years in the NFL, and most recently was an assistant coach at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina.