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Former Chicago Bears QB Erik Kramer survives apparent suicide attempt

After being summoned to a hotel room for a welfare check, authorities found Kramer wounded from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

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Erik Kramer, father to 17 year old Dillon, was found Tuesday night in a Calabasas motel room with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Authorities had been called to do a welfare check, and upon their arrival they found Kramer wounded, but still alive.

According to the report, the injury is not life-threatening.

Ex-NFL quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself Tuesday night in a suicide attempt, but survived, law enforcement sources and his former wife said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to a motel in Calabasas at around 8 p.m. for a welfare check, sources told NBC News. When deputies arrived they found Kramer with a gunshot wound that was described as not life-threatening, a source said.

Kramer, 50, and his wife Marshawn divorced in 2010, after complications related to Kramer's ongoing depression.

"I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury," she said. "He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears," Marshawn Kramer said in a telephone interview. "I can promise you he is not the same man I married."

A year after their divorce, the Kramers lost their oldest son, Griffen, to a heroin overdose.  He was 18 years old.

We send our best wishes to Erik and his family, and hope for a full recovery, both physically and mentally.