DETROIT (AP) — A police report says the death of former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson was an apparent suicide, according to the Detroit News.
The paper said Wednesday it had obtained a Rochester Police report, and that Johnson was found by his wife shortly before 10 a.m. on July 7. A gun and a single bullet were found near him. No suicide note was left.
The Oakland County Medical Examiner declined to discuss findings from an autopsy, according to the paper.
Johnson was with Nashville for the franchise’s first season in the league. He spent the last seven years of his career with the Predators. He also played for Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago during his 12 years in the NHL.
The Detroit News said Johnson’s agent, Tom Laidlaw, declined to discuss the specifics surrounding the former player’s death. Johnson was 48.
Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson has died. He was 48.
Tom Laidlaw, his former agent, told USA Today Johnson died Monday at his home in Michigan. No other details were provided.
Johnson also played for Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago during his 12 years in the NHL, finishing with 145 goals and 224 assists in 785 games.
Johnson was with Nashville for the franchise’s first season in the league. He spent the last seven years of his career with the Predators.
The Predators called Johnson ”a consummate professional and terrific teammate” in a statement released on Tuesday. The team also said he ”was an integral part of our community and in developing the Predators culture that we experience today.”
Johnson was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 1989 draft. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1993, scoring for the Red Wings in a 6-4 loss at Dallas.
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