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George Atkinson III, former Raiders kick returner and son of team legend, dead at 27

George Atkinson III, a former Raiders kick returner and the son of George Atkinson II, a Pro Bowl defensive back with the Raiders in the 1970s, has died, TMZ Sports has reported.

It is not known how Atkinson III, 27, died.

According to TMZ, Josh Atkinson, George III’s twin brother died of suicide on Christmas Day 2018 — two months after the twins’ mother died. Writing on, an online platform which encourages people to “write and share open letters in hopes of sparking important conversations,” George III confirmed that his brother died by suicide, adding he was “filled with anger and guilt,” after his brother’s death.