Novacek's wife found dead

Updated: February 2, 2010, 2:37 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

The wife of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek died Monday at her mother's home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Burleson police Commander Doug Sandifer said.

LeAnne Novacek, 45, was found dead at 9:05 a.m., according to Linda Anderson, spokesperson for the Tarrant County coroner's office.

At 8:37 a.m., Burleson police and fire departments responded to "a report of a medical emergency, possible suicide" at a residence in Burleson, according to police department spokesperson Sally Ellertson. The body was found in the bedroom of the residence, according to the police report.

The Tarrant County coroner's office said Tuesday that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, but the police investigation is still pending.

The Novaceks, who have a daughter, live in Joshua.

Jay Novacek, 47, played six seasons for the Cowboys from 1990 to 1996. The five-time Pro Bowler, who ranks ninth in team history with 3,576 career receiving yards on 339 receptions, was a member of teams that won three Super Bowls in four seasons. He was a sixth-round draft choice out of Wyoming in 1985 by the St. Louis Cardinals.

After a back injury forced him to miss the 1996 season, Novacek retired in 1997. He and LeAnne continued to live in the area after his retirement, and Novacek remained involved with team. He signed autographs at Cowboys Stadium earlier this season.

Novacek was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

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