NFL world in shock over death of former Houston Texans president

Jamey Rootes and wife Melissa, pictured here at the Chris Paul Family Foundation's 'Celebrity Server' Fundraiser in 2018.
Jamey Rootes and wife Melissa at the Chris Paul Family Foundation's 'Celebrity Server' Fundraiser in 2018. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The NFL world is mourning the tragic death of former Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes. He was 56.

Rootes died on Sunday after what his wife described as “a battle with mental health issues.”

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“Our family is heartbroken to confirm that after a battle with mental health issues, Jamey Rootes passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022 in Houston, Texas,” Melissa Wildgen Rootes wrote on social media.

“Jamey was best known for his devotion to his family and friends but was also former President of the Houston Texans, retiring in 2021.

“Jamey was a dedicated Houstonian who loved his city and touched so many lives through his professional, academic, and philanthropic work.”

Rootes was hired by former Texans owner Bob McNair before the team’s inaugural season in 2002.

He served as the franchise’s first team president, remaining with the organisation and focusing mainly on business operations, until he resigned last February.

Jamey Rootes, pictured here before a Houston Texans game in 2016.
Jamey Rootes looks on before a Houston Texans game in 2016. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Sporting world in shock over death of Jamey Rootes

Rootes briefly joined the Houston Dynamo in a leadership position after leaving the Texans, and also taught at Sam Houston State and Rice.

“For two decades, Jamey led our business operations with an unwavering commitment to Houston and the Houston Texans,” the McNair family said in a statement.

“We are grateful for his steadfast leadership and immeasurable contributions to our team.

"Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with Jamey’s wife, Melissa, and their two children during this extremely difficult time.”

Tributes have also been pouring in on social media.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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