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December 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Ex-UW star Reggie Rogers died from cocaine, alcohol

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Reggie Rogers

Reggie Rogers, the former University of Washington All-American whose pro football career flamed out after he killed three teenagers in a DUI crash, died of  cocaine and alcohol intoxication.

On Tuesday, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said that toxicology tests indicated that Rogers, 49, died of “combined cocaine and ethanol (alcohol) intoxication.” Rogers’ death was ruled an accident.

Rogers died in Seattle’s Central Area on Oct. 24. Police and medics were called to 2761 E. Yesler Way at 12:47 p.m. after Rogers was found not breathing and apparently dead on the porch of a home.

Rogers, a two-sport star for the Huskies, was a first-round pick in the 1987 NFL draft, but his career flamed out after he killed three teenagers in a DUI crash.

Since then, he has been arrested for a string of DUIs, assault and other criminal traffic violations. In December 2011, he was sentenced to a year in jail for his sixth conviction for drunken driving following an arrest in Tacoma.

In October of this year, Rogers was charged with domestic violence/assault following an incident involving his wife.

Rogers was the younger brother of Don Rogers, an All-American safety at UCLA and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Cleveland Browns, who died in 1986 at age 23 of a heart attack caused by a cocaine overdose.

 

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