Bears’ Duerson Filed for Bankruptcy

February 22, 2011  |  

(Chicago Breaking Business) — Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who committed suicide last Thursday in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., had filed for voluntary personal bankruptcy last September in a case that was still pending.  But his Fort Lauderdale lawyer said he was “shocked” when he learned that his client had shot himself. “Things were looking good for his bankruptcy case. He seemed extremely upbeat,” said Zach Shelomith, of the law firm Leiderman Shelomith. “I see clients with financial problems all the time who are in a lot worse shape than him. When I saw the news on TV, I was shocked.”

In his bankruptcy petition, Duerson had listed $34.6 million in assets and $14.7 million in liabilities, according to the September filing in a U.S. bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Florida. Accounting for nearly all of his assets was one accounts receivable, or a payment owed to Duerson: a final judgment entered against defendants in case of Duerson Foods LLC vs. Ohio, and Dutch food interests stemming from a 2004 case in Wisconsin.

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