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Former Canyon Cowboys football star found dead in home

Posted: October 17, 2012 4:03 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2012 4:03 p.m.

Investigators with the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office in La Jolla said Wednesday they won’t have an explanation for the death of former NFL player Charles “Chuck” Osborne, an alumni of Canyon High School and defensive star of the school’s football team.

“The examination hasn’t been done yet,” said a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office Wednesday afternoon.

“We won’t have a manner and cause of death in this case until later this afternoon,” she said.
Osborne played defense for the Canyon High School Cowboys before his career with the NFL.

He was found dead in his home in La Jolla on Tuesday.

He was 38.

Osborne was a two-time All-Golden League selection for the Cowboys and was twice named to the All-Santa Clarita Valley Football team. He was a varsity star for the Cowboys from 1989-1991.

He earned a scholarship to Arizona where he played from 1992 to 1995 as a four-year starter for the Wildcats’ famed “Desert Swarm Defense.”

In 1996, he was a seventh round pick of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

He played three NFL seasons with the Rams (1996) and Oakland Raiders (1998 and 1999) then retired after two injury-plagued tries with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots in 2000.

“He’s a man who I loved dearly. I loved him absolutely dearly,” said his former head coach at Canyon High Harry Welch.




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