Our thoughts are with retired NFL star Todd Heap and his wife, Ashley, as they’re mourning the loss of their three-year-old daughter.
According to multiple reports, the little girl died after the former tight end, 37, accidentally struck her with his car in the family’s driveway on Friday, April 14. Police confirmed that the former athlete — who played on Baltimore Ravens for 10 years, and then as an Arizona Cardinal for two years before retiring in 2012 — was behind the wheel at the time of the incident. She was taken to the hospital after the accident occurred, and died at the hospital shortly thereafter.
Another local outlet reported that Todd was checked and showed no signs of impairment, but an investigation into this tragedy is currently underway.
Both his former professional teams as well as his alma mater, Arizona State University, released statements sharing their condolences for Todd, his wife Ashley, and their entire family at this time.
The Ravens called the incident “knee-buckling news and an overwhelming tragedy,” while ASU said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Todd, Ashley, and the entire Heap family during this immensely sad tragedy. The Heaps have contributed os much to the Arizona State Sun Devils, Baltimore Ravens, and Arizona Cardinals communities, and we hope their family, friends, and our respective communities can provide them with love and support as they work through this unspeakable heartbreak.”
— Arizona State Sun Devils (@TheSunDevils) April 15, 2017
“Our hearts go out to Todd, Ashley, and the Heap family,” the Cardinals wrote. “It is a grief that is beyond words and one which no family should ever experience. Hopefully the prayers, love, and support of their incredible group of friends and family provide them comfort that along with their strong faith will lead threm through this unspeakably difficult time.”
Team statement on the Heap tragedy. pic.twitter.com/cRx3nVFvOc
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 15, 2017
Our thoughts remain the Heaps as they grieve their unthinkable loss.