“That’s why this hand was sent from God and why this message was written down. 25 This is what was written down: mene, mene, tekel, and parsin. 26 “This is the meaning of the word mene: God has numbered the days of your rule. It’s over! 27 tekel means that you’ve been weighed on the scales, and you don’t measure up. 28 peres means your kingship is divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.” 29 Then Belshazzar commanded that Daniel be dressed in a purple robe, have a gold chain around his neck, and be officially appointed as third in command in the kingdom.
30 That very same night, Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. 31 Darius the Mede received the kingdom at the age of 62. (Common English Bible)
Sydney Seau is the daughter of NFL linebacker legend Junior Seau, whom I spent seemingly almost my entire childhood in the 1990s watching with a mix of fear and awe as he wreaked havoc twice a season, every season, on my beloved Kansas City Chiefs. He retired from football in January 2010, and less than two-and-a-half years later, in May 2012, he was dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Like Dave Duerson, another retired NFL player before him who likewise committed suicide, Seau did not take the shot to his head presumably so that his brain could be examined for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive traumatic brain disorder that comes from repeated head injuries. He was diagnosed with CTE postmortem.