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Cedric Benson Dies in Reported Motorcycle Accident

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 18:  Running back Cedric Benson #32 of the Chicago Bears scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Brian Russell #25 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 18, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 30-23.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears v Seattle Seahawks | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Sunday brings some awful news to the sports world.

Former star running back Cedric Benson, whom the Chicago Bears selected fourth overall in the 2005 NFL draft, has passed away at the age of 36.

Benson, an eight-year NFL veteran, reportedly died in a motorcycle accident in the morning on Sunday. The news comes just two days after he was found guilty of a lesser charge in a DWI incident dating back to February of 2017.

A standout star in college, Benson rushed for 5,540 yards in his four years as a Texas Longhorn, amassing 64 rushing touchdowns in the process. His efforts were enough to make him the top pick of the Bears in 2005.

Though his playing career never quite took off as expected in Chicago, he carved out a strong four seasons for himself while playing in Cincinnati. He topped 1,000 yards rushing three times for the Bengals, managing 4,176 yards for them from 2008 to 2011. He ultimately finished with 6,017 career rushing yards.

Benson's attorney and close friend Sam Bassett commented on the situation, issuing a heartfelt statement in which he described Benson as being "like a younger brother" to him.

This is a developing story and we will update it with more information as it becomes available.