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Father of NFL player dies suddenly after being in Louisiana jail

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KSLA/Gray News) – A Louisiana sheriff’s office is investigating the death of an inmate who’s the daddy of star NFL linebacker Devin White.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright said Carlos Thomas, 45, was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center on Thursday after complaining about severe back pain.

Thomas suddenly became unresponsive while within the ambulance, the sheriff’s office says. Life-saving efforts were performed but unsuccessful. Thomas was pronounced dead a short while later.

Thomas is the daddy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White, who’s from Springhill, La. and went to LSU.

Thomas was delivered to Natchitoches on Oct. 14 by the U.S. Marshals Service to await trial on previous federal charges.

An autopsy is being performed to confirm Thomas’ official reason for 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 together with his team for Sunday’s game in Munich, Germany, ESPN reported.

“It was very hard to play. Just lots of emotions,” he said, per ESPN. “But I attempted to show them into good emotions and just keep an awesome spirit. That’s the connection we had – just all about ball, all about just going on the market and being the very best and just getting this thing turned around.”

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