Report: 49ers team doctor under criminal investigation at time of death


Back on Wednesday the 49ers learned of the passing of their team doctor, Daniel Garza, who had been found dead in his home. He was only 43. Garza also had success as a researcher of concussions and brain trauma as a professor of orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine at Stanford.

At the time, the cause of death was not immediately available. Now we’re learning that the coroner’s office is treating this as a possible suicide.

It gets more bizarre. KRON-TV is reporting that Garza was also at the center of a criminal investigation for allegedly getting weird with interns. From SF Gate:

Sources told the station that the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department was investigating Garza for alleged inappropriate behavior involving adult interns. Law enforcement officials refused to comment on the nature of the accusations, KRON reported, though they acknowledged the criminal probe began before Garza’s body was found.

A neighbor of Garza’s also told KRON that police squad cars and “10 to 15” uniformed officers were seen outside of Garza’s home about a week before his body was found:

The 49ers released this statement at the time of Garza’s death:

“The 49ers organization has been informed of a tragedy. We were saddened to learn Dr. Dan Garza died unexpectedly Tuesday. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this trying time.”

Now it appears any mention of Garza’s passing has been scrubbed from the team’s website.

[SF Gate, KRON; H/T Deadspin]

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