Jovan Belcher diagnosed with CTE

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who died in a murder-suicide where he shot himself after killing his girlfriend, had signs of brain damage.

He displayed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease linked to dementia, memory loss and depression caused by head trauma, according to ESPN.

Belcher shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his young daughter.

Belcher drove to the Chiefs' practice facility, where he shot himself in the parking lot in front of team officials.

If he had CTE, Belcher's mother and daughter would be eligible for up to $4 million under a proposed concussion settlement.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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