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James Hardy’s death ruled a suicide

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Wide receiver James Hardy #81 of the Buffalo Bills comes down with a touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter over Rashean Mathis #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bills defeated the Jaguars 20-16. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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Former Bills wide receiver James Hardy was found dead in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Indiana in June and the local medical examiner has made a ruling about the manner of his death.

Allen County Coroner’s Office chief investigator Michael Burris announced on Wednesday, via, that the office has ruled that Hardy drowned and that his death has been ruled a suicide.

The ruling was made based on evidence found on Hardy’s body as well as his psychiatric history. Hardy was committed to a mental health facility in 2014 after being found not competent to stand trial for resisting arrest during a confrontation with law enforcement.

Hardy was a second-round pick in 2008, but only played 16 games for the Bills over two years as injuries helped bring his career to a quick ending.