Former NFL WR Mike Williams Dies After Freak Accident: Report
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 19: Wide receiver Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball during a NFL game against the Detroit Lions on December 19, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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Former NFL receiver Mike Williams died on Tuesday after a freak accident on a construction site. He was 36 years old.

WIVB reported that Williams was taken off life support late last week — including the use of a ventilator — at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, after suffering complications from the incident on August 21.

Williams was reportedly struck in the head with a steel beam while doing electrical work, but his situation took a turn for the worse after the cut on his head became infected, a friend told the news station. Williams was hospitalized at the start of the month and was eventually induced into a coma, the report said.

“We are saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mike Williams, which has left our organization, his former teammates and fans with heavy hearts,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said in a statement. “We send our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones as they mourn this tragedy.”

Williams was selected in the fourth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Syracuse and played five seasons in the league, including four with the Buccaneers, one with the Buffalo Bills, and appeared temporarily on the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We are saddened to learn that former Bills Wide Receiver Mike Williams has passed away,” the Buffalo Bills added. “Our deepest condolences are with his friends and family.”


Williams finished his career with 223 catches for 3,089 yards and 26 touchdowns. He played in over 60 games.

Tierney Lyle, the mother of Williams’ 8-year daughter, said that the girl told Williams at the hospital, “I love you, daddy,” to which Williams acknowledged by making a grunting noise.

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