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z0rpAn
12-22-2005, 09:58 AM
BREAKING NEWS
Tony Dungy's son found dead
James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, was found dead in his apartment in Tampa, Fla., Thursday morning. Tony Dungy has left the team temporarily to go to Tampa. More details to come on this breaking news story.
www.nfl.com

Just when you thought a Super Bowl run couldn't be any harder. I'll be praying for you and your family Tony.

ArlingtonTexan
12-22-2005, 10:02 AM
Wow, Blessings to the entire Dungy family.

TEXANS84
12-22-2005, 10:06 AM
Wow, I'm speechless.

mootini
12-22-2005, 10:32 AM
On ESPN.com:

"James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead at 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday in his apartment in Lutz, Fla., a suburb of Tampa, Debbie Carter, a spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, confirmed Thursday.

A death investigation is under way, and the spokesperson said that the county medical examiner's office or the hospital at which James Dungy was pronounced dead would have a ruling on the cause of death.

James Dungy officially was pronounced dead this morning at University Community Hospital in Tampa.

Tony Dungy has left the Colts and is in Tampa. Indianapolis plays at Seattle this Saturday."

Horrible news, my prayers go out to Tony's Family and friends

NFLforher
12-22-2005, 10:33 AM
Oh, God. Prayers to the family.

mootini
12-22-2005, 10:41 AM
They are saying, it looks like suicide.

Porky
12-22-2005, 10:41 AM
So sorry to hear this. Tony Dungy is a total class act, and I will be praying for him and his family. Of course, I will wait to hear the facts before speculating, but it's unlikely that this was of natural causes. It kind of puts football in perspective.

Double Barrel
12-22-2005, 10:48 AM
Man, what a bummer. Coach Dungy is such a classy guy. :(

Really sad that it has to be right before Christmas, too.

Texas_Thrill
12-22-2005, 10:59 AM
My condolences as well. You're right it does put football in its proper place. I'd honestly have to say I'd be done for the season.

SheTexan
12-22-2005, 11:05 AM
Such saddness at a time of year when there should be nothing but joy and celebration. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Dungy family as they try to deal with this horrible tragedy. BE THANKFUL fellow Texans for all the good things you have in your life today! Life can certainly throw us some nasty curves.

Jack Bauer
12-22-2005, 11:09 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. So sad.

Jack Bauer
12-22-2005, 11:10 AM
They are saying, it looks like suicide.

Where did you see this? All I have been seeing is that there doesn't seem to be any foul play involved.

nunusguy
12-22-2005, 11:26 AM
Terrible thing for Tony Dungy and his family - all of our thoughts and prayers
go out to him. I just hope the press respects he and his family and doesn't make a media circus out of it, though I would not put it past them. After all,
the Colts with their winning streak were the "on field" story in the NFL this year, and the media may look upon this as the "off field" story to go along with it (depending on what the circumstances are). Number one consideration is the respect and privacy Tony and his family deserve.

FILO_girl
12-22-2005, 11:56 AM
OMG, what a horrible turn of events. Prayers to Tony Dungy and family for their loss. What a time of year to have to endure this, I wish the best for the entire family and hope the media shows class on handling this.

mootini
12-22-2005, 12:03 PM
I have not seen an actual report for the death, but I heard he hung himself?

Jack Bauer
12-22-2005, 12:06 PM
I have not seen an actual report for the death, but I heard he hung himself?

Please stop. Unless you know, please don't speculate with something like this.

Dime
12-22-2005, 12:15 PM
A loss is a loss. It does not matter of what killed him, but it does matter on the effect it will have. Losing a son for me, no matter what the case, would be a nightmare. I cannot, and wish I dont, ever have to face this horrible, horrible experience. I am not a religious man to say, but I pray that if something does exist, to help Tony through this. He will need all the help he can muster to move on from this.

Youngstown Colt
12-22-2005, 12:26 PM
The colts board is flooded with condolences from all over the world (from indy, to tampa, to manchester) so I'll post some condolences here too.

I can't imagine having to lose your child 3 days before christmas. And knowing how much Tony loved his family, this brought a tear to my eye.

Texan Asylum
12-22-2005, 12:26 PM
Prayers should go out to the Dungy family. Their 18 year old son was found dead in his Tampa apartment. Please keep this in mind when you go home and remember your loved ones cause you never know when your last time will be together.

Ryan
12-22-2005, 12:29 PM
My Prayers will be going out to him.

Kaiser Toro
12-22-2005, 12:36 PM
Absolutely awful news. My prayers go out to him and his immediate family and trust the Colt family will help him through these tough times.

SheTexan
12-22-2005, 12:36 PM
The Colts board has been impossible to access, I have tried all morning. That is good, it just shows that people care and want the Colts family to know that. I hope and pray the media respects this wonderful man's request for privacy, and will not speculate on what they do not know for fact.

GoneTexan
12-22-2005, 12:42 PM
My family Prayers to the Dungy family and those who have lost their dear ones so close to the holidays. God bless everyone and this world of ours.

Here’s a link about the loss:
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/9112348

WWJD
12-22-2005, 12:55 PM
I pray for the peace that this family will need to deal with this loss.
I pray for the family to find strength at this hardest of losses.

FILO_girl
12-22-2005, 01:04 PM
The Colts board has been impossible to access, I have tried all morning. That is good, it just shows that people care and want the Colts family to know that. I hope and pray the media respects this wonderful man's request for privacy, and will not speculate on what they do not know for fact.

I too have been trying to get into the Colts forum with no luck. Good to hear that condolences have been pouring in world-wide over there. I will try later on tonight to get in.

Bullpen Drew
12-22-2005, 02:30 PM
Crappy thing to happen to a world-class coach.......

El Tejano
12-22-2005, 03:14 PM
Suddenly winning or losing a football game isn't that important anymore. I am praying for that family.

ghostlight
12-22-2005, 03:26 PM
I sit here trying to think of something to say but I can't put it into words.

donbmt
12-22-2005, 03:47 PM
How terrible, that is so sad. According to the www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage Indianapolis paper it appears to be suicide.

Grid
12-22-2005, 04:39 PM
THat is what they are saying on PFW too.. though they arent a very trustworthy source.


This is heartbreaking.

Wharton
12-22-2005, 04:55 PM
I was able to get onto the Colts message board and put a post from the Texans Fans. I hope ya'll don't mind but I couldn't think of anything to write and plagiarized from post on this board. Here is a link.


http://forum.colts.com/showthread.php?p=68722#post68722

J-Storm
12-22-2005, 06:24 PM
I sit here trying to think of something to say but I can't put it into words.

I was thinking the same thing myself. There is never really a lot you can say to someone who is going through probably the worst part of their life taht they could possibly be going through except to hope and pray there is some way they can get through it...

StarStruck
12-22-2005, 09:09 PM
How tragic! May peace and comfort be with the Dungy family during this time of tremendous sorrow.

Colts Addict
12-22-2005, 09:33 PM
It was confirmed on breaking news here in Indy that it was indeed suicide. They are still waiting on the autopsy and noone has said the exact cause of death. What a horrific thing to have happen to such a wonderful man/family. I want to thank you all, on behalf of the Colts nation for all your kinds words and condolences. I think everyone around the NFL are grieving right now for this family.

NFLforher
12-22-2005, 09:40 PM
A loss is a loss. It does not matter of what killed him, but it does matter on the effect it will have. Losing a son for me, no matter what the case, would be a nightmare. I cannot, and wish I dont, ever have to face this horrible, horrible experience. I am not a religious man to say, but I pray that if something does exist, to help Tony through this. He will need all the help he can muster to move on from this.

You are wrong.

It does matter what killed him. I am a psychiatric social worker.

The suicide of ones child has it's very own unique baggage.

Youngstown Colt
12-22-2005, 11:20 PM
I was able to get onto the Colts message board and put a post from the Texans Fans. I hope ya'll don't mind but I couldn't think of anything to write and plagiarized from post on this board. Here is a link.


http://forum.colts.com/showthread.php?p=68722#post68722Yeah, the board is running smoothly.

We have a thread going for people to stop in and post your condolences. We are working with the colts media people to get the thread printed out and sent to the Dungy family. So get in there if you'd like them to see your well wishes.


http://forum.colts.com/showthread.php?t=4600

There is a link to the thread.

SheTexan
12-23-2005, 12:12 AM
You are wrong.

It does matter what killed him. I am a psychiatric social worker.

The suicide of ones child has it's very own unique baggage.

This is so true!! It definitely does matter! Suicide is probably the most difficult death to deal with emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You want answer's and there are none, at least none you want to accept.

Carr Bombed
12-23-2005, 02:21 AM
You are wrong.

It does matter what killed him. I am a psychiatric social worker.

The suicide of ones child has it's very own unique baggage. I have experienced suicide with a immediate family member first hand and I can tell you it is the absolutely worst thing that can happen to a family and in some cases destroys families. Everybody knows about the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance.

Well with suicide its totally different. With every other cause of death its out of the the victims control and is easier to accept in time, but with suicide they CHOSE to take their own life and that leaves you with nothing but questions like, Why did they do this, What could possibly been going through their mind to make them do this, and the hardest ones to answer are, Was is something I did or something I said, is their anyway I could have prevented this, Why didn't I see the signs or been there for them.

With the 5 stages of grief you only go through about two and that is depression and anger. You end up being angry at the person because you feel they didn't have enough love or care enough for you to prevent them from taking their own life, you never really reach acceptance.

The only reason why I talk about this is because people don't realize how many of the people they know are acually clinically depressed, especially teenagers. You wouldn't believe the % of teenagers that have had suicide thoughts or attempted suicide. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. My Heart truly goes out to the Dungy family, because they have a long emotional battle to go through.

Texas_Thrill
12-23-2005, 09:25 AM
Please let's not argue over which death is worse. I think all Dime was saying was its going to hurt no matter what.

I agree some deaths are harder to take than others b/c with suicide either you were suffering from depression or you made a choice which as a parent is hard b/c you feel like you didn't do enough.

Let's just not let this turn into an argument. Let's just continue to hug our families a little tighter and let our kids know we love them a little more.

nflnutswife
12-23-2005, 11:43 AM
Prayers here too. I saw Peyton this morning on the news, it's nice to know how well loved Mr Dungy is "as a man" by his team. Those were the words Peyton used instead of "coach" I was touched.

Carr Bombed
12-23-2005, 07:32 PM
Please let's not argue over which death is worse. I think all Dime was saying was its going to hurt no matter what.

I agree some deaths are harder to take than others b/c with suicide either you were suffering from depression or you made a choice which as a parent is hard b/c you feel like you didn't do enough.

Let's just not let this turn into an argument. Let's just continue to hug our families a little tighter and let our kids know we love them a little more. I agree I'm not trying to argue which one is worse, that would be stupid. I just think people need to look for the signs and be a little more aware of the people around them. I feel so bad for Dungy and have no idea how he is going to go back to coaching this team.

mexican_texan
12-24-2005, 04:41 PM
http://www.frycookonvenus.com/misc/dungy/

he last logged into myspace.com on his last day alive