Former Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber found dead in his apartment

Former Cowboys and Bears running back Marion Barber was found dead by police in his apartment  in Frisco, Texas, the team announced Wednesday. 

He is 38 years old. The cause of death is still unknown.

News of Barber's death was initially reported by Clarence E. Hill, Jr. by Fort Worth StarTelegram.

The Cowboys released a statement offering their condolences to Barber's friends and family.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Marion Barber III," the statement read. "Marion is an old-age footballer who runs hard with the will to win every challenge.

 He has a passion for the game and a love for his coach and teammates. Heart Our thoughts go out to  family and friends from Marion in These Are Tough Times.”

A  Plymouth, Minnesota native, Barber was drafted by the Cowboys team in the fourth round of the 2005 manuscript after a fruitful college careers in Minnesota.

A  Plymouth, Minnesota native, Barber was drafted by the Cowboys team in the fourth round of the 2005 manuscript after a fruitful college careers in Minnesota.

He immediately became a key member of the Dallas attack, scoring a total of 33 touches in his first three seasons.

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He made his only Pro Bowl appearance in 2007 after accumulating 1,257 script yards  with 12 touchdowns.

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Trouble soon arose for Barber after his football career ended. He was arrested by the authorities in 2014 and taken to a hospital for a mental health assessment. In 2019,

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he was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief after allegedly damaging two cars while running in Frisco.

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Barber endeared himself to fans with his tough running style and consistent effort, frequently breaking tackles and fighting for extra yards.

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He ended his career with the Bears in 2011, his final season in the NFL, before announcing his retirement in March 2012.