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Cincinnati Bengals Star Gives Life After Death

6/8/2010 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0608_chris_henry_EXD_Getty_01It's the ultimate gift someone can give -- a heart -- and when Chris Henry passed away last year, his vital organs were donated to someone else in need.

TMZ has obtained the NFL star's autopsy report, which shows that the 26-year-old's heart, lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys were donated in the wake of his death on December 16, 2009.

As we previously reported, Henry's cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma -- the result of falling off the back of a moving pick-up truck that was being driven by his fiancee'.


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Chia    

Good for him! That is the most unselfish thing a person can do. I hope others follow his lead (my card is filled out and family are notified).



Sorry Chris passed away.



RIP Chris.

1535 days ago
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moe    

A true hero! RIP Chris

1535 days ago
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Trish    

Thats a lot of lives he saved. He made many families happy.

1535 days ago
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Cartman    

I plan to donate my appendix after I die. Everything else is pretty used up already.

1535 days ago
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Chia    

Cartman, you are hysterical!

1535 days ago
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Just Sayin'    

It is the most difficult decision for a family to make after a sudden death in the family. God Bless the Henry family.

Just so you know, even if you check the box on the back of your drivers license, your family can decide not to donate your organs. It's not automatic.

1535 days ago
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MT    

truely a loving person in life and after. his parents must be so proud. wish there were more people like this in the world, maybe this will start that. god bless his family, and rest in peace chris.

1535 days ago
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amy    

What a wonderful gift. I can only imagine how many people would be alive today if more of us were organ donors. My husband and I are, and as several people have pointed out, you do need to mark this on your dl, but you must also talk to your loved ones and/or have an advance directive. It will bring peace of mind to family members who wonder if they are doing the right thing.

1535 days ago
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Kate    

Thanks to people like like Chris Henry and his family, I've seen an extra 32 years of life, bore 3 children, and am still going strong.



God's Blessings to Chris Henry's family.



Remember, it is not enough to just check the box on the back of your driver's license; you must also inform your closest family members. They are the ones giving actual consent when you can't any longer. Telling your Priest / Minister / Rabbi - whoever - is always a good idea, as well as to notify your Primary Care Physician. In some areas, your local hospital can include it in your medical records (if you have an existing file at your local hospital).



Please, give the gift of life.



"Don't take your organs to heaven with you. Heaven knows we need them here..." ~Author unknown, attributed to both Dan and Barbara Hladio and Thomas Boyadjis, Sr.




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1535 days ago
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Mel    

Wow all you gullable people.... first off he was a loud mouth abuser and his actions killed him and second he didn't donate if you don't click the box not to donate you are a donater by default, its called a scam by the arrogant U S of A...

1535 days ago
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Katherine    

Thank you! A difficult decision made at an emotional time. Regardless of who gave the final consent, it was a selfless decision.

1535 days ago
12.

jbob    

Mel,
You have no idea what you are talking about.

1535 days ago
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carla    

Sorry, Mel...You sure are ill informed on that one. Did someone pass that little nugget on to you at one of your tin foil hat meetings? Might wanna try to be a little less gullible. Yikes.

1534 days ago
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Miss Bu    

WOW what I wonderful thing to do.

1534 days ago
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SARAH    

Wow Mel! A little hatred in you?!? Let the man R.I.P.

1534 days ago
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