Accidental drug overdose killed Jeff Lewis

Former Panthers, Broncos QB also had heart issue Brad Biggs

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Former NFL quarterback Jeff Lewis died of an accidental drug overdose in January.

The Charlotte Observer reports that autopsy findings showed he had morphine and Ambien, a sleep aid, in his blood when he died. According to the report, the medical examiner indicated Lewis had a “possible history of prescription medication abuse” that included hydrocodone.

Lewis, 39, died as a result of mixed drug intoxication and had rescently been diagnosed with a heart condition. He spent time with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in the NFL and was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona, where he starred in college, at the time of his passing.

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