The Indianapolis Colts have been amongst those paying their respects today after it was confirmed that Zurlon Tipton, a former running back for the AFC South franchise, has died following a tragic gun accident.
As reported by NFL.com, the 26-year-old running back "accidentally shot himself" at a car dealership in his home town of Detroit, Michigan.
According to police reports, via ESPN, Tipton was attempting to remove a duffel bag from the trunk of his vehicle when a .45-caliber semiautomatic inside the bag mistakenly went off, inflicting a fatal stomach wound.
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The Michigan native was released by the Colts in December 2015 after two seasons in Indianapolis where, after securing a place on the team's RB depth chart, he rushed for 38 yards on 15 carries in 16 total appearances.
The franchise posted the following message onto their official Twitter account after Tipton's death was confirmed:
Meanwhile, many of his former teammates in Indy, including long snapper Matt Overton, him as offered messages of support. Overton described him as a hard-working player with a contagious personality:
""Zurlon was a dude you rooted for -- an undrafted, talented, hardworking player who always seemed to have a smile on his face. His personality was contagious.
"He will always be our brother. He is family...Today is a tough day for many. Prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."
Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief also took to social media to offer a tribute:
Tipton's football career arguably peaked during his time at Central Michigan University where, in 2012, he racked up 19 touchdowns in a campaign that saw him on the brink of rushing for 1,500 yards.
The school described the death of one of the alumni as "shocking and tragic."