Former New England Patriots receiver David Patten is dead at the age of 47, according to ESPN’s coverage of an announcement from The New England Patriots.
The three-time Super Bowl champion’s cause of death hasn’t been released, according to a report in The Daily Caller. However, Patriots owner Robert Kraft released the following statement after news of his death became public:
“I am heartbroken by the news of David’s passing,” Kraft said. “He was a devout Christian who followed his passion following his football career and founded his own ministry.
“David transitioned from an undersized and understated wide receiver to a powerful and passionate preacher. In New England, he will always be remembered as a three-time Super Bowl Champion.
The team owner also talked about Patton’s history with his team and everything he accomplished with the franchise, as well as offering condolences to the late player’s family:
“His touchdown reception in the AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh propelled the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVI and I’ll never forget his remarkable catch in the back of the end zone in that game.
“It was our only offensive touchdown in the Super Bowl and secured our first championship in franchise history. Our sincerest sympathies are with his wife, Galiena, his family and all who are mourning David’s tragic and untimely death.
The Daily Caller’s David Hookstead commented on Patten’s untimely death saying that while any passing can be incredibly heartbreaking, the pain feels sharper “when it’s someone with decades still in front of them.”