Former NHL star Greg Johnson died from self-inflicted gunshot wound – autopsy
The 48-year-old former player was found dead on July 4 at his home in Rochester with his wife claiming he showed no signs of depression before the tragedy.
The post-mortem procedures taken during investigation revealed no presence of alcohol or drugs in Johnson’s body.
No suicide note was found at the scene of the tragedy, according to a police report.
During his 14-season NHL career Johnson competed for the Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators. He also claimed silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics as part of the Canadian national team.
Johnson’s wife, Kristin, told police that her husband suffered “numerous concussions during his playing career,” sparking speculation that brain damage might have led to suicide.
In recent years, several former football and hockey players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which might result from repeated head injuries and concussions, causing behavioral and mood problems.