Father of Patriots Running Back James White Killed in Car Crash

Tyrone White, the captain of the Miami-Dade Police Department and the father of New England Patriots running back James White, has died in an off-duty car crash.

On Sunday evening, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a two-car crash in Cooper City, Florida, where they found one car flipped over and the other on fire.

Authorities say first responders provided emergency medical assistance and extinguished the vehicle that was on fire.

Sadly, the MDPD later confirmed that Tyrone was pronounced dead at the scene. Tyrone’s wife and James’ mother Lisa, as well as another victim, were also involved in the crash, and were airlifted to a medical facility. Lisa remains hospitalized.

In a statement posted on Twitter, MDPD Director Alfredo Ramirez III offered his condolences to Tyrone’s family for their tragic loss.

"I’m extremely saddened after learning of the passing of MDPD Captain Tyrone White earlier today as a result of an off-duty traffic crash in Broward County," Ramirez said. "I offered his family my deepest condolences on behalf of his MDPD family. May he rest in eternal peace. Thank you for your service Capt. White. My sincere appreciation also goes out to Broward Sheriff's Office for your professionalism during this difficult time.”

On Sunday, James did not take the field at the New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks game. He was listed as inactive.

Following a touchdown from the Patriots, James’ teammate Devin McCourty ran to a camera in the end zone and yelled "2-8, we love you, bro!" in what appears to have been a reference to White’s “28” jersey number.

After the game, which Seattle won 35-30, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who played college football with James at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spoke out about Tyrone’s passing.

"My heart's heavy because one of my teammates, James White from Wisconsin — one of the nicest guys, teammates, one of the hardest workers, one of the best people I know — had a tough one, losing his dad," Wilson said. "I'm not sure what the situation is with his mom, yet. My heart's been heavy all day thinking about him. James, I'm praying for you man, if you can hear me."

Tom Brady, James’ former teammate, also wrote a statement in solidarity with White and his family.

"So heartbroken to hear the news of the tragedy of my great friend and forever teammate @SweetFeet_White. There are few people that come into your life that do EVERYTHING the right way...," Brady wrote. "James is one of them. Kind, gentle, loving, fiercely competitive and hardworking. His parents raised an amazing son. And we are all grieving with James as he is going through this difficult time. Love you my friend."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to James, Lisa, and the entire White family during this difficult time.


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