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Bengals X-Mas Party Converted into Memorial

12/18/2009 1:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Last night was supposed to be the Cincinnati Bengals team Christmas party -- instead, it turned into an event honoring Chris Henry, the fallen teammate who died earlier in the day.

Chris Henry

A spokesman for the team told TMZ that instead of canceling the holiday party entirely, "We decided to keep it -- shifting the focus a bit to make it also an event where the Bengals family could gather in the wake of the tragedy."

The rep also told us team owner Mike Brown gave a speech honoring Henry's memory and led a moment of silence in his honor.

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