Bowlen: Broncos 'shocked and saddened' by McKinley death

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was “shocked and saddened” to learn that Kenny McKinley, a wide receiver on the team and a fifth-round in 2009 has died.

“Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley,” Bowlen said in a statement released by the team. “He was part of the Broncos' family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny's family and friends.”

Arapahoe County, Colo., sheriffs were called to McKinley’s home in Centennial at 4 p.m., according to the Denver Post, and Grayson Robinson, a sheriff, called it “apparently a suicide.”

McKinley, one of the most productive wide receivers in South Carolina history, was on injured reserve.

“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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