Police have decided to classify the death of former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen over the weekend as a suicide, the St. Louis County Police Department confirmed to The Huffington Post on Monday. The 49-year-old, who had a history of depression, died Saturday from what authorities say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound…

In 2011, The New York Times published a three-part series on former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard entitled, “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer.”

Boogaard, who suffered from depression, died of an overdose at age 28. After he died, he was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease thought to result from repeated head trauma and linked to depression and aggression.

This was followed months later by the deaths of two other NHL enforcers, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak. Rypien, 27, also reportedly died by suicide. Police investigated Belak’s death at the time as an apparent suicide, although Belak’s family and friends have said that they believe the 35-year-old’s death was an accident…

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