(L.A.) Stanley Wilson Jr., 40, Died in a Hospital

Case Number: 2023-01297

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 40-year-old Black male that occurred in a hospital.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Stanley Wilson Jr..

Manner of Death: Natural

Cause of Death A: Pulmonary Thromboembolism

Cause of Death B: Probable Deep Vein Thrombosis

RIP STANLEY TOBIAS WILSON JR. (November 5, 1982 – February 1, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Wednesday at 10:27 a.m.

Ruling by the deputy medical examiner was published on July 12/13.

The decedent was the former NFL player Stanley Wilson Jr. He was in a pre-screen area at the Metropolitan State Hospital when he fell out of his chair and became unresponsive shortly afterwards. Apparently at the time, he ws in LA County custody after a recent arrest. Firefighters responded and began CPR before death was officially pronounced at the scene.

Ex-NFL player Stanley Wilson Jr. ‘was beaten by law enforcement officials before his sudden death in police custody at a Los Angeles mental hospital,’ his family claims


The family said his death was a result of “excessive force” and “deliberate indifference.”

His parents said they found Wilson’s body with “ligature marks” on his wrists and “fresh wounds” on his head that appeared “to have been caused by a shoe,” according to a claim filed in March that seeks $45 million in damages from the county. Wilson’s father is Stanley Wilson Sr., a former NFL running back.

According to the claim, the parents said the county “grossly misrepresented the cause and circumstances” of their son’s death.

“The county failed to implement and maintain proper procedures to engage mentally disabled individuals, including Stanley Wilson Jr.,” the claim said.

Wilson had recently been deemed incompetent to stand trial after an August 2022 arrest on trespassing-related charges, according to the claim. For some time, Wilson has struggled with mental health issues and drug use, said John Carpenter, the family’s attorney.