Dwayne Haskins, best known as the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died at 24 years old on April 9, 2022.
Dwayne, who was also a 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State University, had his body discovered on a South Florida highway in the wee hours of the April morning.
Fans have taken to social media to share touching tributes about Dwayne. However, questions surrounding his passing have now come to light. So, the question stands: What was Dwayne Haskins’s cause of death? Here’s what we know.
Dwayne Haskins cause of death was ruled as multiple blunt force injuries.
According to a Broward County Medical Examiner's Office investigation report, via TMZ, Dwayne's official cause of death has been ruled an "accident" due to "multiple blunt force injuries." The medical examiner's office shares that Dwayne's autopsy contained "two blood samples that tested positive for alcohol — one revealing a .20 BAC and the other a .24." Additionally, Dwayne's "urine samples tested positive for ketamine and norketamine."
Representatives for the Pittsburgh Steelers told TMZ that Dwayne "had trained with teammates in the Miami area all day on April 8, 2022, before eventually heading to a club in the evening with a "friend/cousin." The medical examiner's documents also reveal that the reps told authorities that Dwayne was "drinking heavily" and got into a fight with an unknown individual.
Hours later, Dwayne's body was found on the Florida Highway. Authorities shared that Dwayne's vehicle was found with a "female companion" inside of it. The woman reportedly told investigators that "Dwayne left the car on foot to try to find a gas station." At this time, the woman's identity and relationship to Dwayne is unknown.
ESPN confirmed that Dwayne passed away after being struck by a dump truck as he was walking on the South Florida highway.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, Lt. Indiana Miranda, told ESPN that Dwayne was pronounced dead at the scene.
"He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic," Indiana said.
Fans and fellow players have shared their condolences.
As the sports world attempts to wrap their minds around Dwayne’s passing, many have taken to social media to share their condolences and touching memories about the athlete.
"I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement shared on Twitter. "He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken."
Dwayne’s wife, Kalabrya Haskins, has since made a statement about Dwayne's death via Instagram. On May 3, 2022, Kalabrya posted a slew of photos and videos along with an emotional tribute to Dwayne about always "honoring him" and calling Dwayne her "soulmate, lover, and best friend."
Kalabrya also took to Instagram on May 7, 2022, to share a half-sleeve tattoo of Dwayne along with additional photos of sweet messages shared between the pair.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Dwayne Haskins.