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SAD NEWS: Former NFL & UT Football Star Cedric Benson Dies In Motorcycle Accident

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Former NFL star Cedric Benson has died after a horrific motorcycle accident.  Full story inside.

In unfortunate news, former Packers & Bears runningback Cedric Benson - who was a star football player at University of Texas and the #4 draft pick in 2005 - was killed in a motorcycle crash last night in Austin.

The 36-year-old avid biker was riding with a passenger around 10p when they crashed into a minivan.  Both Cedric and the unnamed passenger were killed. Cops have released the suspected cause of the crash, and revealed the passengers in the minivan were not hurt. According to TMZ:


Cops say the motorcycle slammed into a minivan. The people in the van were not injured and stayed on scene to work with investigators.

Cops say the minivan caught fire -- cops also say speed and poor visibility were factors in the crash. Cops also say the driver of the minivan will most likely not be charged with a crime.


Cedric posted this picture Saturday night, showing his plans to go riding:

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CBS Austin also reports a motorcycle accident with two people dead. It describes the two victims as a “a man and a woman in their 30’s.”

Extremely sad news. Cedric also had a 5 year, $35M deal with the Bears while he won the NFC Championship with the team back in 2006.  Sports reporters say he struggled a bit in his career, though, before becoming a Bengal.  He leaves behind his mother, Jackqueline Benson, and a brother.

He was quite active on social media, posting this now haunting post back in January:


Despite having a few run ins with the law over the years, he seemed to recently have found the life he's been working to have - a gorgeous new home, riding with his friends, and giving back through his Foundation and football camp:


His brother, former teammate turned actor Thomas Q. Jones, and former coach Mack Brown also posted about being crushed by the news:





Photo: Getty

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