According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, authorities spoke to him as part of a welfare check just a few days ago.
The sheriff’s officials said his family originally reported that Jackson was missing Wednesday. Deputies questioned him to the hotel two days later, spoke to him and canceled the case of missing persons.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said his department has launched an investigation.
“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation who loved him,” Chronister said in a statement posted on social media.
“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else,” the sheriff said, noting that Jackson was named honorary deputy.
Jackson, who played with the former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, surpassed 1,000 receiving yards six times during his career and was Pro Bowler in 2009 and 2011 with the Chargers and in his first season with Tampa Bay in 2012.
Both Chargers and Buccaneers made statements about Jackson’s contributions to each organization during his playing days.
Both of Jackson’s parents served in the Army, and he told Fox News in May last year that it was “a big part” of his life, and “it really created the culture of the upbringing and mindset” he had. Jackson’s foundation, Jackson in action 83, focused on providing support to military families with a focus on children’s educational, emotional and physical health.
The NFL world responded to the news of Jackson’s death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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