Former NFL wide receiver Donald "Reche" Caldwell was shot and killed on Saturday in Tampa, Florida, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed on Sunday.
Caldwell was 41 years old.
TMZ first reported the news.
The Tampa Police Department told NFL Media that it cannot release any victim information, but was working on a homicide.
A 2002 second-round pick by the Chargers after starring at Florida, Caldwell played four seasons with the Bolts before stints with the Patriots and Redskins. During his six seasons, Caldwell totaled 152 receptions, 1,851 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. His most productive campaign was his lone season with the Patriots in 2006 when he had 61 catches for 760 yards and four scores during a New England run to the AFC Championship Game. Caldwell was the Patriots' -- and quarterback Tom Brady's -- leading receiver that year.
Caldwell's last season in the NFL was 2007 with the Redskins.
Caldwell is the older brother of former Bengals and Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell, who won a Super Bowl with Denver.
Tom Brady posted on his Instagram story a photo of he and Caldwell celebrating together in 2006, along with the caption, "All love RIP," accompanied by a heart.