Friday, December 9, 2011

Former Chargers linebacker Lew Bush dead at 42

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Lew Bush, the former San Diego linebacker who played for the Chargers for seven seasons and was part of their lone Super Bowl team in 1994, died Thursday. He was 42.

Bush, who also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, died of an apparent heart attack, the Chargers said in a statement.
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2002, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs ' Lew Bush, left, tries to grab New York Jets Curtis Martin during an NLF football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Bush--who played with the team for seven seasons and was part of its lone Super Bowl team in 1994--has died.

It was not immediately clear where Bush died. Public records show he lived in San Diego and he had been a pregame commentator for the Chargers’ radio broadcast team.
He is the seventh player from the Chargers’ Super Bowl team—which lost 49-26 to the San Francisco 49ers—who has died, and the second this year.

Defensive tackle Shawn Lee died of a heart attack in North Carolina in February at age 44.

Linebacker David Griggs was killed in a Florida car crash in 1995, a week after receiving his AFC championship ring. Running back Rodney Culver and his wife Karen were killed on May 11, 1996, when ValuJet Flight 592 plunged into the Florida Everglades shortly after takeoff from Miami International Airport.

Linebacker Doug Miller, 28, was killed by two lightning strikes while camping in Colorado 1998. Center Curtis Whitley, 39, died of a drug overdose in 2008. Defensive lineman Chris Mims was 38 when he died in 2008 of an enlarged heart.

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