New lawsuit claims funeral home unlawfully disposed of, mutilated, moved body of ex-New Orleans Saint, Glenn Foster Jr.

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 1:02 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A new lawsuit was filed on the one-year anniversary of ex-NFL player Glenn Foster Jr.’s death.

An attorney with the law firm says the suit alleges a funeral home unlawfully disposed of, mutilated and moved Foster Jr.’s body. The suit alleges the funeral home also destroyed his brain without consent or authorization.

The complaint was filed by Foster Jr.’s widow.

Ken Abbarno is one of the attorneys representing the family. He said the funeral home had one job.

“And that was it. That was follow the families wishes and they didn’t do it and companies that have a job to do and don’t do it need to be held accountable just like people,” Abbarno said.

According to Foster’s family, he had a history of mental health challenges and they wanted to have his brain tested for CTE found in some professional football players believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated concussions.

The family believes the testing would have been a vital part of their journey for justice.

“They made a decision without our authorization, without Pamela’s authorization, to dispose of his brain,” Glenn Foster, Sr. said.

Pickens County investigators say in December 2021 Foster led them on a high-speed chase and resisted arrest then fought another inmate. Foster died a day later in the back of a police cruiser on the way to a medical facility in Northport.

Attorneys for the family say an independent autopsy shows he did not die from natural causes. The investigation into his death continues.

When it comes to the funeral home, Abbarno calls the situation horrific.

“When we pass, we’re all entitled to our family’s being able to treat us with dignity and have those entities that we trust to have our bodies to treat us with dignity and not destroy our organs without our permission,” Abbarno said.

Foster’s parents say he may have been suffering from a manic episode in the days leading up to, during, and following his arrest.

WBRC did reach out to the funeral home for comment, but we haven’t heard back yet. We’re also still waiting to hear back from ALEA on the Pickens County investigation.

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