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Patriots release statement on passing of Marquise Hill

The New England Patriots have released a statement on the passing of defensive end Marquise Hill.

Here are excerpts from the release:

Team owner/chairman/CEO Robert Kraft

"We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of Marquise's death. Our immediate thoughts go to Marquise's mother, Sherry, and the rest of his family. He was only 24 years old and his death is hard to comprehend. Marquise was a very respectful young man who worked hard to improve and was always eager to contribute to the team, both on the field and in the community. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to Marquise's family and friends who mourn his loss."

Head coach Bill Belichick

"We have suffered a stunning and tragic loss today. Marquise will be remembered as a thoughtful and caring young man who established himself as one of the year-round daily fixtures of our team. I send my deepest condolences to the Hill family."

Albert Breer of the Boston Herald also has these remarks from former LSU coach Lou Saban:
"It's certainly a tragedy, especially for someone so young, someone from such a great family," Saban said in a statement. "He did such a phenomenal job as a player, ambassador and representative of LSU, and as a player in the NFL. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to the entire LSU family."
At some point, we will discuss the impact Hill's loss has on the team. Now is not the time.