Former Dallas Cowboys, Marion Barber III, died Wednesday at his Frisco apartment, the group confirms.
The group told NBC 5 that 38-year-old Barber did not respond.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoonThe group said they were “heartbroken” by his tragic death.
At 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, Frisco police responded to a call about welfare concerns at an apartment in the 9400 block of Stratton Drive, which is believed to have been leased to Barber.
Police describe the investigation as an untimely death.
Barber, who turned 39 on June 10, spent four seasons in North Texas producing the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round in 2005, where his harsh, punitive running style earned him the nickname “Marion the Barbarian”.
After leaving Dallas, Barber will retire from professional football and spend a year with the Chicago Pierce before returning to North Texas.
Throughout his NFL career, Barber accelerated to 4,780 yards in 1,156 attempts, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt, and hit 53 touchdowns on the ground. As a receiver, he caught 179 passes for 1,330 yards with six DTs.
Barber is the older brother of former Houston Texans security Dominic Barber and former Minnesota Golden Cobers linebacker Thomas Barber. They are the sons of former NFL player Marion Barber Jr.
Barber is also known for his humanitarian efforts, working with his foundation and giving back to his community.
Barber’s friend Joe Kriwalski told NBC 5 Wednesday that Barber was a great man and very generous. He said Barber was a religious man who played the piano and wanted to get involved in boxing.
For years Barber had law and many small run-ins Just last month I didn’t argue in any matches Two 2018 Criminal Naughty Charges He damaged two vehicles in different incidents while jogging in Frisco. In 2014, when he lived in Mansfield, Barber was taken for a mental assessment Following an argument outside a restaurant, a car was damaged.
Billy Clark is his lawyer and so on. “For me, he’s really family and I’m so lost, I’m not ready for this,” Clark told NBC5.
Clark says Barber wants to write a book about his life, and what football and family mean to him.
He said Barber was training as a boxer.
“He was in tip-top form, so if I tell you I’m at a loss, I’m there,” Clark said.
The Colin County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of Barber’s death.
Meredith Yeomans of NBC 5 contributed to this report.