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James Dungy's death ruled a suicide

LUTZ, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2006) -- The death of the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy was ruled a suicide, a medical examiner said.

James Dungy hanged himself on Dec. 22 from a bedroom ceiling fan with a leather belt, Dr. Jacqueline Lee of the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office wrote in her final autopsy report.

Authorities ruled out foul play in December, and toxicology results were negative, except for caffeine and medication paramedics used in attempts to resuscitate the teen-ager, Lee said.

Dungy was found and cut down by his girlfriend on Dec. 22, less than a half-hour after last being seen alive, according to the medical examiner's office. The teen-ager's girlfriend called paramedics, who attempted to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at a Tampa hospital.

James Dungy had been taking extension classes at the University of South Florida, authorities said.

Tony Dungy coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001.

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