Former NFL player Phillip Adams, who shot to death six people and killed himself, suffered from CTE

Ann McKee, a neuropathologist who as director of Boston University CTE Center led the examination of Adams' brain, presented the findings during a press conference that included Sabrina Gast, the coroner of York County, South Carolina, where the killings occurred April 7 .

The CTE in Adams was described by McKee as "severe'' frontal lobe damage that she compared to what was found in Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL tight end who was convicted of murder in 2015 before killing himself in 2017.

CTE, the neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions and repetitive head trauma from football and other contact sports, has been associated with behavioral and mood changes, according to the Mayo Clinic and multiple studies.

Between 2010 and 2015, he played for six teams – the 49ers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons – was 32 at the time of the killings.

Lauren Adams told USA TODAY Sports she thinks her brother was seeing a therapist before he retired from football and subsequently saw other doctors for his mental health issues.

Mood changes related to CTE, according to the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory, "often involve problems with depression, irritability, loss of motivation, or suicidal thinking or behavior.

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