NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair is dead.
The Nashville legend was found shot to death inside the living room of a residence at the Cardwell Place Condominiums on Second Avenue South at Lea Avenue in downtown Nashville shortly after 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The medical examiner said McNair was shot multiple times.
A female friend of McNair’s, 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, was also found dead in the living room.
She appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the head. A pistol was recovered close to Kazemi’s body.
Autopsies are expected to be conducted Sunday.
Metro police said a witness reported McNair arrived at the condominium in the early morning hours Saturday.
The witness said Kazemi’s vehicle was already there.
McNair jointly rented the condominium with his friend and sporting goods dealer Wayne Neeley.
Metro police said Neeley arrived at the condominium shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday and found McNair and Kazemi shot.
Neeley telephoned McNair’s friend Robert Gaddy who came to the scene. It was Gaddy who placed the call to police at 1:35 p.m.
Metro police said Kazemi was arrested for DUI at 1:20 a.m. Thursday while driving a 2007 Cadillac Escalade registered to both her and McNair.
McNair was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop at 9th Avenue and Broadway but was deemed not to be in violation of the law and left the scene by taxi.
Investigators remained on the scene Saturday night.
McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL before retiring in April 2008.
He played college football at Alcorn State and was drafted by the Houston Oilers, third overall, in the 1995 NFL Draft.
McNair played 11 seasons with the Titans franchise, leading the team to the Super Bowl in 1999. He finished his career with the franchise with 31,304 yards passing and 174 touchdowns.
McNair played his final two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was the co-MVP of the league in 2003, sharing the award with Peyton Manning.
In a statement, Titans’ owner Bud Adams said, “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.”
New England Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, who was GM of the Titans when McNair played there, called McNair a “tremendous leader and an absolute warrior.”
“I don’t think there was a player who played with him or against him that didn’t look up to him and respect him,” Reese said. “My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his friends and the many teammates who loved and admired him.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell echoed those comments saying, “It is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families involved.”
“Andrea and I were very saddened by the news of Steve McNair’s death. He has always felt like part of the Nashville family, and he will be sorely missed,” said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in a statement.
McNair was 36 years old.