BOSTON (CBS) – Former New England Patriots wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the news, which was first reported by TMZ.
Caldwell was 41 years old.
Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who played with Caldwell for the 2006 season, posted on Instagram about the death of his former teammate.
The Patriots and several other former teammates reacted on social media.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/mxBtkTXTKD
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 7, 2020
So sad to hear this! Reche’s smile and attitude were contagious! My thoughts and prayers go out to Bubba Caldwell and his family! https://t.co/CXBUdKGFJk
— Wes Welker (@WesWelker) June 7, 2020
I played against Reche Caldwell in college, we were both c/o 2002, and spent time together on the 2007 Patriots. so many stories, but one thing you knew about Shady was he always smiling. here’s a 2002 rookie card we shared. RIP, good brother. 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/HXUdoZdRXX
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) June 7, 2020
Always kept us laughing and light hearted. Always had the biggest smile. Always had the greatest stories. Sad to hear about the passing of my teammate Reche Caldwell. May the Lord comfort his family during this time.
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) June 7, 2020
The former University of Florida player’s best season of his six-year career in the NFL came in 2006 with the Patriots, when he hauled in 61 passed for 760 yards and four touchdowns. In addition to one year with the Patriots, Caldwell also played with the Chargers and Redskins.
Caldwell’s mother told TMZ that her son was shot and killed by a “couple people” who jumped out of the bushes in front of his home.