Horrible news ... the father of NFL star Carlos Dunlap, Carlos Dunlap Sr., tragically died following a car accident in South Carolina this weekend, family friends announced in a statement Sunday.
According to a spokesperson for the North Charleston Police Department, an adult male was hit by a car at around 10:40 p.m. on Saturday in North Charleston.
The spokesperson said the man was rushed to a local hospital, but tragically, he died there due to injuries suffered in the crash.
David Aylor of David Aylor Law Offices, a close friend of the Dunlaps, confirmed in a statement that Dunlap Sr. was the victim.
"He was a loving father and well-respected community leader," David Aylor Law Offices said in a statement. "We will miss him dearly."
Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap got to take the field today with his father who served in the military.What a surreal moment between father and son 🙌(via @Carlos_Dunlap)pic.twitter.com/3b7sJpEcdv— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 11, 2019
Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap got to take the field today with his father who served in the military.What a surreal moment between father and son 🙌(via @Carlos_Dunlap)pic.twitter.com/3b7sJpEcdv
"As a close friend of David and David Aylor Law Offices the family has asked us to let others know to please respect his family at this time of grieving and provide them with privacy."
Cops say "the driver of the involved vehicle was located at the scene." They added that no charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing.
Dunlap -- one of the best pass rushers in the NFL for the past decade -- was very close with his father ... and had even run out onto the field with him before a Cincinnati Bengals game in 2019.