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NFL Star Steve McNair Found Dead

7/5/2009 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve McNairSteve McNair -- an NFL QB with the Tennesse Titans and Baltimore Ravens -- was found dead Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., according to Nashville police.

McNair suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head in downtown Nashville. A female victim was also found dead. Police have not released the name of the female, only to say it is not McNair's wife, Mechelle.

The call to police came in at 1:35 PM. The circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths remain under active investigation.

There were no signs of forced entry at the crime scene. No suspects have been taken into custody.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Nashville Metro PD, told News Channel 5 in Tennessee, "When police officers arrived in response to that call, they found two individuals who had been shot to death inside the residence: one female, one male. We now know that the male deceased is Steve McNair. The female deceased has been tentatively identified. We're working to confirm that and then notify her next of kin."

McNair was a three-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL MVP in 2003. He retired in 2007.

Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. released this statement: "We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair's passing today. He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing."

UPDATE -- A Nashville police spokesman identified the woman as Sahel Kazemi, a "friend" of McNair's. A pistol was found near her body. She suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, police say, and McNair "was shot multiple times."

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91.

DEE    

IT IS VERY SAID TO LEARN THAT A RIGHT FOOTBALL PLAYER AS WELL AS HIS LADY FRIEND WAS GUN DOWN. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HE WILL AS WELL AS THE YOUNG LADY WILL BE MISS.

1847 days ago
92.

.:Loki 4Ever:.    

CNN is saying, it was a homicide :(

1847 days ago
93.

katybear    

Mike Brooks on CNN saying he is speaking with an officer on the scene. That officer is saying it looks like a double homicide.

1847 days ago
94.

Wow    

But Dee, the "lady friend" wasn't his wife. I hope it was just a friend. He had 4 kids.

1847 days ago
95.

BillC22    

living and dying in the fast lane

5 Ms in 4 days

ed Mcmahon
billy Mayes
Michael jackson
farah fawcett-Majors
steve Mcnair

1847 days ago
96.

Fools Rush In    

Apparently the former bodyguard knew where to find him and became concerned that he could not contact Steve McNair for an extended period of time and made the call. The bodyguard is saying that it is the residence of Steve McNair's girlfriend.

Likely something domestic, one way or another.

1847 days ago
97.

crystal    

I'm still mourning the death of the celebrity who strangled his penis, what was his name David? And, now this?? This is more than I can take!!!

1847 days ago
98.

Wow    

Unfortunately Karl Malden was from another time and many people just aren't as familiar with him. With all of the tragic untimely deaths, I guess a 97 year old man gets lost in the shuffle. Sad.

1847 days ago
99.

johnS    

THE WOMAN WAS HIS LOVER. HE WAS CHEATING ON HIS WIFE.

1847 days ago
100.

.:Loki 4Ever:.    

Looks so far like a double homicide.... they are saying it was his "girlfriend", we dont know if he was having issues with his wife or what... either way, this is sad, he didn't deserve to be murdered, or did the girl.... stop the hating! I actually admired him as a man and a QB and this is very very tragic

1847 days ago
101.

Bob Barnett    

Did he bang yound children and put out insipid music for the last 20 years?
And he still looks black!

HOW THE HELL DID HE GET ON TMZ?

1847 days ago
102.

Nancy Kaufmann    

It wasn't Steve McNair's wife on Survivor, it was Eddie George.

This is just getting ridiculous with all these celebrity deaths...

1847 days ago
103.

rocknsockconnection    

i have a friend in nashville tn who owns a sports bar and he told me that steve had been with this asian girl for two months and she was divorcing her husband , her husbands brother and friend shot them both. i think stuff like this is terrible, killing people dosent solve anything

1847 days ago
104.

doodahday    

Nooooooooooo! this didn't happen!!!! I am a HUGE McNair fan!!!!!! Seriously....wtf is going on????

1847 days ago
105.

.:Loki 4Ever:.    

#154, l was a huge fan too... I am in shock!

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