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Chris Simon's family issue statement after his shocking passing

Published March 20, 2024 at 7:48

Times were tough for former NHL Enforcer Chris Simon after his professional hockey career has ended. Simon had given everything he had to the sport that he loved and all he had left was the pain from years of head trauma and evident signs of CTE. Other reports claimed the veteran had been forced to turn to social assistance and disability programs in his final years.

Yesterday, Chris took his life at just 52-years-old. After an NHL career which involved over 100 fighting majors, the beloved enforcer had finally lost his battle. His family confirmed the following details after his passing.

The family strongly believes and witnessed firsthand, that Chris struggled immensely from CTE which unfortunately resulted in his death.

We are grieving with the loss of our son, brother, father, partner, teammate and friend. The entire Wawa community is sharing in our grief. We will not be releasing any further details at this time and ask for privacy during this very difficult time. We appreciate everyone who shares in our tragic loss.

Simon ended his NHL career accumulating 1,824 penalty minutes and scoring 305 points in 864 games.

After the news was released Simon received an outpouring of love from the hockey community. Simon had a heart of gold off the ice and was one of the first to come to any teammates aid off of it. It's unfortunate that the NHL and NHLPA were unable to get Simon the help he needed.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, you are not alone.

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