Marion Barber III, a former Dallas Cowboys running back, died Wednesday, the team said. He was 38.

After six years with the Cowboys, Barber played for the Bears in 2011. He had mental health issues after his career.

Frisco police said they investigated an unattended death at an apartment "believed to be leased" by Barber on Wednesday.

The Frisco-based Cowboys were "heartbroken" at Barber's passing.

Marion was regarded as a "hard-nosed, old-school football player" "He adored his coaches and teammates"

The younger Barber is fourth on Dallas' career rushing touchdowns with with 47 after being surpassed by Ezekiel Elliott in 2021. In seven seasons, he never had fewer than four.

Former Minnesota player chosen by Dallas in the fourth round in 2005 scored 24 touchdowns in 2006-07. In 2006, Barber rushed for 654 yards and 14 touchdowns.

In his only Pro Bowl, Barber rushed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his final year in Dallas, 2010, he set career lows in carries, yards, and touchdowns.

Barber was arrested and hospitalised three years after his career ended. Mansfield, another Dallas suburb, called police for unknown reasons.

The younger Barber is second on the school's career rushing touchdown chart with 35.

Barber and New England first-round choice Laurence Maroney were the only NCAA running backs to record two 1,000-yard seasons on the same team. 2003-2004.

Dom and Thomas Barber were also Gophers. Dom Barber played four years for the Texans.