A preliminary autopsy shows that former
N-F-L linebacker Kevin Mitchell died of a massive heart attack.
Mitchell died in his sleep overnight Sunday at his home in
Ashburn, Virginia, at the age of 36. He retired in 2003 after a
ten-year N-F-L career with the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans
Saints and Washington Redskins.
The results of a more detailed autopsy will be known in the next
four to six weeks, according to a statement released by the
Redskins at the request of Mitchell's family.