Zurlon Tipton of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Oct. 25, 2015
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June 29, 2016 2:22 AM EDT

Former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton died on Tuesday after his gun accidentally discharged and fatally shot him outside a car dealership in Detroit.

The 26-year-old had brought his Jeep to be serviced that morning. As he reached into his duffel bag, his .45-caliber semiautomatic went off, firing a round into his stomach, according to ESPN.

Tipton joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent yet beat the odds securing a spot on the active roster. Released by the team in December, he played in 16 games over two seasons gaining 38 yards on 15 carries.

“Zurlon was a dude you rooted for — an undrafted, talented, hardworking player who always seemed to have a smile on his face. His personality was contagious,” Colts teammate Matt Overton said, according to ESPN.


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