Clemson Associate Athletic Director Bert Henderson was found dead on Tuesday after he had been reported missing a day earlier, and even more tragic details are emerging after the confirmed death.
According to FOX Carolina, Henderson’s death has been ruled a suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound, with the actions possibly being spurned on by the recent death on Henderson’s wife of 32 years.
The coroner said Henderson’s body was found over a mile from his property in a wooded terrain area by a search team around noon on Tuesday. The coroner reported Wednesday that Henderson’s cause and manner of death had been ruled as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Henderson’s family has asked for privacy. A Clemson athletics official confirmed his wife recently died after a battle with cancer. According to her obituary, she passed away on Nov. 26 at age 59. The couple was reportedly married for 32 years and are survived by two daughters. The coroner said family believes the reason for his suicide was the loss of his wife.
Henderson had been working at Clemson since 1978, where he originally began as an athletic trainer. His most recent role with the school had been the Associate Athletic Director of Planned Giving.
[H/T SEC Country]