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Browns grounds crew member found dead at team facility

Dec 02, 2012 -- 2:19pm

By Tony Grossi


OAKLAND, Calif.

Eric Eucker, a member of the Browns grounds crew, was found dead in the equipment shed at the team’s facility Saturday morning. Multiple sources said Eucker hanged himself.

The Browns acknowledged the death Sunday morning in a statement, but did not confirm the suicide.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go out to Eric’s family,” the statement said. “Eric was a good friend and colleague, and an outstanding employee. He will be missed by everyone in the Cleveland Browns organization.”

Eucker was single. He had been on the grounds crew since 2001. One former co-worker described him as a “very happy-go-lucky type” who was never seen in a bad mood or depressed.

The Browns left for Oakland on Friday afternoon before the tragedy occurred. A source said Eucker’s body was discovered by Chris Powell, head groundskeeper.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 44 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@espncleveland.com

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