LUTZ, Fla. (AP) -- James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead of an apparent suicide early Thursday, the sheriff's office said.
James Dungy's girlfriend found him when she returned to the Campus Lodge Apartments at about 1:30 a.m., Hillsborough County
Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.
"Based on evidence at the scene, indications are that this death appears to be a suicide," Carter said. She said an autopsy
Dungy wasn't breathing when he was found, Carter said. A sheriff's deputy performed CPR before an ambulance took him to
University Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Tony Dungy took the team plane from Indianapolis to Tampa, Fla., where he had coached the Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001.
The Colts (13-1) travel to Seattle for a game Saturday, and team president Bill Polian said assistant head coach Jim Caldwell
will take over "for however long Tony will be away, and however long he will be away is entirely up to him."
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone in this building are with Tony and [wife] Lauren, their children and their extended
family, and for the repose of James' soul," Polian said at a news conference at the team's training facility in Indianapolis.
"This is a tragedy for the Dungy family and by extension for his football family here with the Colts."
Dungy is immensely popular around the NFL and known for his soft-spoken style, ever-steady leadership and commitment to
balancing family life with football -- a rare trait in NFL coaches. He shared the blame when Indianapolis lost its first game
Sunday against the visiting San Diego Chargers, ending what had been a perfect season.
"It certainly keeps things in perspective," two-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning said. "Players with families, it certainly hits home. Coach Dungy's close to a lot of these players. ... Players feel close
to him as well as his family."
Owner Jim Irsay and Polian met with team officials and players to break the news. "It was not easy, and it was somber,
to say the least," Polian said.
"I don't think there's anyone here that would wish to play a football game under these circumstances, but it's our obligation
and we'll fulfill that obligation because that's what Tony wants us to do," Polian said.
The Dungys have four other children: daughters Tiara and Jade and sons Eric and Jordan. James Dungy spent his senior year
at North Central High School in Indianapolis and graduated this year.