Former Wasilla football star dies

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2002

WASILLA (AP) -- A former Alaska football Player of the Year died Tuesday and Alaska State Troopers said the cause appears to be excessive alcohol consumption.

Charles ''Chuck'' Lincoln died Tuesday at the home of a friend in Palmer.

Lincoln was a running back on the Wasilla team that finished second in the state championship game in 1999. Lincoln, a senior, was named Alaska's Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

Friends told troopers that Lincoln was depressed over a recent breakup with a girlfriend.

Lincoln drank a significant amount of alcohol and was taken to the home of Jeremy Clay early Tuesday morning.

Lincoln told Clay he felt sick and passed out on the floor.

Clay went to sleep and when he woke up in the afternoon, he discovered that Lincoln had died.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said a preliminary autopsy report indicated that excessive alcohol consumption was the cause of death. Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports.

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