LAS VEGAS (AP) - The 2-year-old son of former NFL star
quarterback Randall Cunningham has died in what authorities on
Wednesday called an apparent backyard hot tub accident.
The Clark County coroner's office identified the child as
Christian Cunningham, and said the cause of death was pending.
Las Vegas police Officer Marcus Martin, a department spokesman,
said the death appeared to have been an accidental drowning, but
authorities were still investigating.
Cunningham, 47, is an ordained minister and pastor of a church
six blocks off Las Vegas Boulevard that he runs with his wife,
Felicity. Christian Cunningham was the youngest of their four
A message left for the couple at the church was not immediately
returned. Cunningham was out of town Tuesday, according to the Las
Vegas Review-Journal, which first reported the boy's death.
Martin said police were called late Tuesday afternoon to
Cunningham's home in southeast Las Vegas after an adult at the
house with several other children found the boy in the hot tub and
began trying to resuscitate him.
The child was pronounced dead less than an hour later at St.
Rose Dominican Hospital Siena campus in nearby Henderson, Nev.
Cunningham, a fleet-footed quarterback, played for 16 years in
the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas
Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. He was a Pro Bowl pick four times. He
also starred at UNLV.
Cunningham retired in 2002 as the career leader in rushing yards
among NFL quarterbacks with 4,928. The Eagles last year added him
to the team's honor roll.
Cunningham returned to UNLV and earned his bachelor's degree in
2004 in leisure studies. He said at the time he wanted to set a
good example for his children.
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