The lawsuit says Davis, a resident at the personal care home, was reported missing and found 14 hours later, dead at the bottom of a stairwell.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The family of former Pittsburgh Steeler Sam Davis is suing a personal care home in McKeesport, claiming negligence in connection with his death.

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A lawsuit was filed against New Life Personal Care Home, Inc. in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

The lawsuit says in 1991 during his football career, Davis sustained a significant head injury that worsened over time. According to the lawsuit, Davis lived on the second floor of the facility and had access to a private staircase, though he was legally blind and “had difficulty ambulating.”

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He was reported missing in September 2019 when he failed to show up for breakfast, the lawsuit says, and was found 14 hours later, dead at the bottom of the stairs.

“During the entire 14-hour time that Sam was missing, the Defendant facility failed to discover Sam’s body in this stairwell. Sam was alive and capable of being saved after his fall down the staircase, but Defendant’s delay caused or contributed to his death,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit is claiming damages pursuant to the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act.

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Davis was a four-time Super Bowl champion.