Curtis Whitley, 39, a former NFL center, had played for 3 teams in the 1990s. He had a history of substance abuse. On Sunday night, May 11, 2008, Curtis was found dead in his trailer home in Fort Stockton, east of El Paso.
Cliff Harris, the local sheriff, said that Curtis was found in his bathroom. His friends were worried when they did not hear from him and went to check on him. No foul play was suspected but his body has been sent to El Paso for an autopsy.
In 1997, Curtis confessed that he had been using crystal methamphetamine since 1992. He admitted that his suspension from playing professional football in Carolina was due to drug use.
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