The death of an inmate who is the father of star NFL linebacker Devin White is being investigated by a Louisiana sheriff’s office.
Carlos Thomas, 45, of Natchitoches Parish, was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center on Thursday after complaining of severe back pain, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
According to the sheriff’s office, Thomas became unresponsive while in the ambulance. Attempts to save lives were made, but they were unsuccessful. A short time later, Thomas was declared dead.
Thomas is the father of Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White, who grew up in Springhill, Louisiana, and attended LSU.
Thomas was brought to Natchitoches on Oct. 14 by the U.S. Marshals Service to await trial on previous federal charges.
An autopsy is being performed to verify Thomas’ official cause of death; those results are pending.
White posted Friday about his father’s death on Facebook, saying his heart was broken. He learned of his father’s passing just hours before boarding a plane with his team for Sunday’s game in Munich, Germany, ESPN reported.
“It was very hard to play. Just a lot of emotions,” he said, per ESPN. “But I tried to turn them into good emotions and just keep a great spirit. That’s the relationship we had – just all about ball, all about just going out there and being the best and just getting this thing turned around.”