Will Smith (1981 - 2016)

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death Saturday night in New Orleans, according to ESPN. He was 34.

Smith was involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Smith and the driver of the other car involved exchanged words. Smith was shot multiple times and his wife Racquel was shot in the leg. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to a hospital.

Police said the 30-year-old driver of the Hummer was in custody and being interviewed.

Smith's family released a statement Sunday morning.

"On behalf of the Smith family, we are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers. We ask that you continue to respect the family's privacy as they grieve the loss of a devoted husband, father and friend."

Smith played nine seasons with the Saints and last played in 2012. He ranks fourth in Saints history in quarterback sacks and he was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2006.

Saints head coach Sean Payton and others paid tribute to Smith on social media.

Sean Payton - Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife's recovery and their children.

Saints’ running back Mark Ingram - Devastated. Lord please be with the Smith family at this tragic time. Nonsense man...

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