Marion Barber III’s cause of death was heat stroke, coroner says

The Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III died of heat stroke, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Monday.

His death was ruled an accident.

Barber, 38, was found dead in a Dallas apartment on June 1. According to an incident report released by the Frisco Police Department, officers were called to the scene after another tenant in the apartment complex reported water was leaking from Barber’s unit. Apartment staff were subsequently unable to contact Barber, and the unit was locked from the inside.

According to the autopsy report, one of the bathtub faucets in Barber’s apartment was running when officers arrived, and the unit’s thermostat was set to 91 degrees with the heat set to “on.” Officers also found exercise equipment in the unit.

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