Chris Henry’s fiancee, NCA&T Alum Loleini Tonga


After a history of troubles with the law, in recent days NFL star Chris Henry seemed to be coming back from the personal and professional brink. He credited much of his success to his fiancée Loleini Tonga. But that relationship now seems to be at the center of the athlete’s death.

Henry passed away Thursday from injuries he sustained after he fell from the back of a moving truck. Police have said Tonga was driving the vehicle after a “domestic dispute” between the two.

Henry is engaged to Tonga, and the couple has been raising three children. On Tonga’s MySpace page she identifies herself as “Mrs. C. Henry” and has a picture of her next to a person who appears to be Henry.

She also has a post from Dec. 15 talking about buying wedding rings. A neighbor said Wednesday that the Tonga family owns the home where police say the incident began. Tonga’s parents live in Charlotte.

Aside from all the press and negative attention, Ms. Tonga IS ONE OF OURS. At this time I’d say the could use support more than anything else.


UPDATED: Bengals’ Chris Henry dies after fall from truck


Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is “battling for his life” after falling from the back of a pickup truck Wednesday during what Charlotte, N.C., police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee.

UPDATE: Henry died at 6:36 a.m. Thursday (December 17). Henry was 26. He became engaged to Loleini Tonga in March. The couple has been raising three children.

Henry was found in the road in south Charlotte “apparently suffering life-threatening injuries,” according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Police said a dispute began at a home just before noon and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his fiancee Loleini Tonga was driving away from the residence.

“The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry,” the police said in a statement. “At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle.”