The family of late Uche Okafor has rejected police report that the former Nigeria international defender committed suicide, insisting he was murdered.
Okaforâ€™s body was discovered last Thursday afternoon by his wife in their house in Little Elm, a town about 30 miles northwest of Dallas, detective OscarÂ Hinojosa said.
The Tarrant County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office later said that the former World Cup star hanged himself in an upstairs hallway.
However, family spokesman, Ugochukwu Nwaokoro, said Okafor could not have taken his life.
â€œThere is no iota of truth in any stories that Uche died by hanging. This is because the Uche we all knew cannot kill himself,â€ maintained Nwaokoro.
â€œWe shall get to the root of the matter. Very soon autopsy report will reveal the truth of how Uche really died to the whole world.
â€œPolice investigations are ongoing. For now, we are still in deep shock over this strange death and we are not going to make any further comments until theÂ autopsy report is made available to us very soon.â€
The 43-year-old former central defender is survived by a wife, Ifeyinwa, and a 15-year-old daughter, Tochukwu.