Autopsy: Cowboys' Jerry Brown Jr. died of blunt force injuries to head, neck

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by JASON WHITELY and JASON WHEELER

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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 8:26 PM

IRVING - Jerry Brown, Jr.'s body will be returned to his hometown of St. Louis, his aunt, Maggie Cade told News 8 Sunday evening, just hours after Brown's best friend, Josh Brent, posted a half-million dollars bond and left the Irving City Jail.

Results form an autopsy released Monday show Brown died of blunt force injuries of the head and neck. The death was ruled accidental.

Josh Brent, 24, had become used to seeing TV cameras on game day but this Sunday wasn't about sports for him. With patches of hair missing, the 6' 2", 320-pound Dallas Cowboys nose tackle walked out of the Irving City Jail alongside his attorney, George Milner.

"He is torn up," Milner said. "It's not a good moment for anybody right now."

The NFL player faces a charge of Intoxication Manslaughter for drinking, driving, and crashing his Mercedes early Saturday morning in a wreck that killed Brown.

"The family is in shock," Cade told News 8. "We're all sitting around just remembering what a great person he was."

Brown played for the Cowboys, too, as a linebacker on the practice squad. It's something he was proud of, Cade said.

"We're all thrilled he made his dream come true," she said. "At a young age, he was able to make his dream come true."

Brent and Brown were partying at a club called Privae (pronounced "PRE-vay") on Friday night located at Walnut Hill and Stemmons Freeway.

The deadly crash happened about three miles away on the Highway 114 westbound service road near Cistercian Rd.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission told News 8 it is now investigating the club, which is customary after an alcohol-related death.

"Sometimes it's to find out whether or not somebody sold alcohol to an intoxicated person and that's what they're looking for in this case," said Carolyn Beck, TABC spokeswoman.

In a statement, Privae spokesman Joe Beamer said the club is "fully cooperating" with the TABC's investigation. He wrote:

"In regard to the auto accident that took the life of Dallas Cowboy Jerry Brown, we are saddened by the events of the weekend. Our hearts go out to Mr. Brown's family and friends, and the entire Cowboys organization. 

Privae Dallas is a club that offers its guests a special level of privacy and often caters to celebrities. The safety of our guests is very important to us, and our staff is trained to follow the regulations set forth by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). 

We are fully cooperating with the TABC and Irving police, and respect that the event is under investigation. Because of that, we must ask that all questions be directed to the Irving Police Department and their team."

Comedian Shawn Wayans was scheduled to appear at the club as part of the "Fierce Fridays" promotion the night of the crash. In a tweet, Privae said all the tables in the business were sold out and promised "all the Local Celebs & Socialites will be in the building as usual."

No one answered the door of the club when News 8 stopped by Monday afternoon. The TABC reports that the liquor license at the establishment has a “pretty clean” history.

If the club served alcohol to a guest who was already intoxicated, the license could be revoked. Among other things, the TABC will examine receipts and surveillance video from inside the club, if there is any.

Brent survived the deadly crash with an injured neck and bandaged right wrist, Milner said.

In 2009, he served a brief jail sentence in Illinois after being arrested for DWI.

Irving Police will now present this case to the district attorney and an indictment could come next.

If convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter, the 24 year old could spend up to two decades in prison.

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