A beloved former Texas A&M football player was found dead Thursday night inside his New Braunfels home.
Police discovered 47-year old Chris Bernard Dausin deceased on his couch after his dog attracted attention running loose in the neighborhood, said David Ferguson, New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator. He said investigators believe Dausin possibly died of natural causes.
“Officers made entry into the home, discovered that he was indeed deceased and then began investigating,” Ferguson said. “There were no signs of forced entry into the home and the preliminary investigation revealed no signs of foul play.”
He said police were called about 10:10 p.m. Thursday to the 900 block of Cross Street for a report of a loose dog. Officers arrived and followed the chocolate Labrador to Dausin’s home.
A neighbor recognized the animal and told officers that it belonged at Dausin’s address.
Police tried to contact Dausin but got no response at the front door. They looked in a window and saw him reclined on the living room sofa, Ferguson said.
That’s when officers entered the home and found Dausin dead.
Ferguson said a justice of the peace ordered an autopsy, and authorities will rely on results from the examination to determine a cause of death.
According to his obituary, Dausin received in 1993 the “Aggie Heart Award,” given to recipients by their athletic peers.
Dausin was a three-year starter at offensive center for the Aggies and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1992 and 1993, according to a news release provided Friday from representatives of the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association.
“Dausin was a mainstay of the Aggies’ record-setting senior class of 1993 that became the first group of seniors to surpass the 40-win plateau in its four seasons and finished with a sparkling 41-8-1 record,” the release said. “They advanced to a bowl game all four years and were the first seniors to post three straight 10-win seasons.”
Dausin was owner of Dirty’s Bar & Q located off of Texas Highway 46 near Seguin.