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Former NFL player Saousoalii Siavii Jr. dead at 43

Former NFL player Saousoalii Siavii Jr. dead at 43
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Former NFL player Saousoalii Siavii Jr. dead at 43.

A Kansas federal prison official said that a former Kansas City Chiefs defensive player who was being imprisoned on charges of unlawful firearm possession was found dead in prison.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Anna Armijo confirmed that Saousoalii Siavii Jr., 43, was found unresponsive in Leavenworth Penitentiary on Thursday afternoon.

Siavii was sent to the hospital and died as a result of his injuries. No further information on Siavii’s death was provided by the prison.

The Associated Press was unable to get a response from a BOP representative on Friday when the email was received and the inquiries sent to Siavii’s lawyer on Friday went unanswered.

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Siavii’s height and weight put him in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by Kansas City, where he played two seasons as an American Samoan linebacker. The Dallas Cowboys signed him in 2009 and Seattle signed him in 2010.

A suburban Kansas City police officer used a stun gun on Siavii twice during his arrest after he allegedly was seen struggling with officers and attempting to get out of a car that had been reported stolen in August 2019.

Prosecutors said that Siavii had a gun, ammo, methamphetamine and marijuana at the time of his arrest.


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