NFL News : Breaking: Ex-Bears 1st-round pick mysteriously dead at 46

Breaking: Ex-Bears 1st-round pick mysteriously dead at 46

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Former Chicago Bears defensive end John Thierry has died at 46, the team announced Saturday.

"The Chicago Bears offer their deepest condolences on the passing of former linebacker John Thierry," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to John and his family."

Curiously, the team did not provide a cause of death, reports ESPN. However, former Bears offensive lineman Marcus Spears wrote on Instagram that Thierry suffered a massive heart attack Friday night.

Thierry played the first five years of his nine-year career with the Bears after being drafted 11th overall in 1994 out of Alcorn State. He had his best season with the Cleveland Browns in 1999, when he had seven sacks and 33 tackles as a defensive end and linebacker.

He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers before retiring after the 2002 season.

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