According to several confirmed reports, former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead in his Texas apartment yesterday (June 1). He was only 38 years old.

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None of the reports of Barber’s death have revealed a cause of death, however, the Dallas Cowboys released a statement about their former player, stating, “We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the statement reads. “Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Bears also offered a statement, saying, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Bears RB Marion Barber III. Our hearts go out to his family & friends.”


Selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Barber played his entire career except for one season with the Dallas franchise, only to play a lone, last season with the Chicago Bears before he retired. The Minnesota native was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007 despite not starting a game for a 13-3 team that finished with the best record in the NFC. He led the Cowboys with 975 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in his second season.