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Details regarding Henry incident emerge

In the aftermath of the passing of Bengals receiver Chris Henry, questions remain regarding the cause of his death.

What’s known is that he fell out of the back of a moving pickup truck, which was driven by his fiance, Loleini Tongas.  What isn’t known is whether he jumped, whether he accidentally fell, or whether she affirmatively tried to eject him.

Carrie Whitaker of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a witness heard Henry threaten to jump if Tongas didn’t stop.

“He was banging on the top, on the doors, screaming at the lady, ‘We need to talk,'” said Lee Hardy.  “He said, ‘If you take off, I’m going to jump off the truck and kill myself.'”

911 calls also have been released regarding the incident; one came from a woman who was driving behind the truck, and the other one came from a man who reported the presence of a man “laying in the road . . . he looks dead, there’s no movement.”

Whitaker also reports that police have concluded that Tongas immediately stopped the truck and rushed to assist Henry.

Meanwhile, the folks at TMZ.com, who have diverted a portion of the resources that have been focused on the three-week Tiger Woods watch, report that Henry and Tongas had met with a wedding planning company the day before the accident, and that he was “annoyed” and “aggravated” by the cost of planning the wedding.  A representative of the company told TMZ that the couple “bickered” over the details, and that Henry eventually walked out.

They were due to be married on March 15.

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58 Responses to “Details regarding Henry incident emerge”
  1. filthylucre says: Dec 18, 2009 7:14 AM

    Ah, I see Florio and Joe Buck enjoy perusing the same websites.

  2. BonnieD says: Dec 18, 2009 7:17 AM

    It is hard for me to believe that a witness who was not in the truck could perfectly hear everything that was said by Chris Henry unless the truck was moving very , very slowly.

  3. BengalFanInPittsburgh says: Dec 18, 2009 7:22 AM

    RIP 15

  4. zappa says: Dec 18, 2009 7:25 AM

    Florio, you should work for TMZ.

  5. Bob Nelson says: Dec 18, 2009 7:26 AM

    Wow, he was going to pay for the wedding and didn’t like foolish costs.
    Didn’t he know the bride’s family is to pay for the wedding?
    Henry died a free man. He was not to be goat ropped into the bondage of marriage.
    Seppuku in front of your adversary is an honorable death. Chris Henry refused to be conquered.
    Liberty or death.
    Respect for Chris Henry just went way up among married/enslaved men.
    Way to go, Chris Henry, way to go.

  6. StevePhillipsLikesFat/UglyChicks says: Dec 18, 2009 7:41 AM

    Man… pussy makes guys do some stupid shit.

  7. Thor says: Dec 18, 2009 7:47 AM

    Beware the Ides of March…..

  8. Richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2009 7:49 AM

    Wow. Never once did I imagine he possibly jumped out of that truck.
    Wow.

  9. Philly is Full of Fags aka ErieRat says: Dec 18, 2009 8:05 AM

    TMZ… the Hollywood version of PFT

  10. alabama viking says: Dec 18, 2009 8:23 AM

    “I once loved a woman, like a child I’m told;
    I give her my heart, but she wanted my soul;
    Don’t think twice, it’s alright”
    Bob Dylan
    Alabama Viking

  11. Dr.Drew says: Dec 18, 2009 8:40 AM

    This whole story is sad and tragic. That being said,IF it was a suicide I find it cowardly and selfish. Three little children say so.

  12. Lucky5927 says: Dec 18, 2009 8:41 AM

    “He said, ‘If you take off, I’m going to jump off the truck and kill myself.'” &
    Whitaker also reports that police have concluded that Tongas immediately stopped the truck and rushed to assist Henry.
    *******************************************
    Really?? Who was the witness? Tongas or one of her family members? Seems a bit too neat and tidy. People who jump off of something tend to do their best to land somewhat on their feet or in a rolling position. So for him to lay motionless means that perhaps it wasn’t planned. Did Ray Lewis or OJ coach this lady up or something?

  13. YP2K says: Dec 18, 2009 8:44 AM

    BonnieD, I agree with you. How in the blue hell can someone hear that much of a conversation outside of a moving vehicle? The neighbor who gave the quote looks shady anyway . . .

  14. shea801 says: Dec 18, 2009 8:44 AM

    Awesome. The guy didn’t like what he was seeing and being told by a wedding planner who was no doubt selling the bride on all the lavish shit she could have at her wedding, and so now there had to be trouble in paradise? What a bunch of crap. Any man who’s gone through the wedding process knows what he was going through sitting there listening to two broads giggle about wedding tripe. Makes this all the more sad that that is what he was putting up with

  15. The Family Ghost says: Dec 18, 2009 8:45 AM

    Pussy Galore claims another victim. Guys, she always wins.

  16. Thomas Paquette says: Dec 18, 2009 8:58 AM

    Not only are these children fatherless just shy of Christmas but they could press charges against Loleini Tonga for involuntary vehicular manslaughter, right Florio?
    I can’t imagine this happening because Chris Henry did jump in the back of the truck knowing potential consequences of that, he also was dumb enough to not get out when his wife stopped the car telling him to get out of the trunk.
    With that said, she could be charged because she was dumb enough to drive with someone in the back of the truck and she could’ve always just stopped the truck and talked like an adult should do. I’m 15 and would never be dumb enough to do that.

  17. Kaz says: Dec 18, 2009 9:02 AM

    Bonnie D, you are correct. Inpossible to hear a whole conversation from a truck moving fast enough to kill someone…. People should realize how hurtful rumors are to people.

  18. Jungle Juice says: Dec 18, 2009 9:02 AM

    Her last name is Tonga, not “Tongas”.
    The witness didn’t see the actual accident so we can’t expect that to be what actually happened. Also, the truck had to be going fairly fast to cause that bad of an injury. I was thrown from the back of a pickup doing about 35 MPH and didn’t even break a bone. I’m sure the question will be – why she would have sped up. She would have had to stop eventually.
    No matter what he said before the truck left, nobody just makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to end their life.
    If she thought he was serious in that threat, why speed up?
    I think this was just a reckless accident on both their parts.

  19. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 18, 2009 9:16 AM

    Is she related to the Tonga Kid?

  20. SheHateMe says: Dec 18, 2009 9:26 AM

    When I was a child and would get hurt, my grandmother always distinguished between getting hurt thru no fault of your own, and getting hurt, as she put it, ‘doin’ sump’um dumb’, in which case, we might get medical care, but no sympathy, from her.
    My siblings and I have ever since described problems that people brought on themselves as a ‘D.S.D’ problem. Chris Henry died ‘doin sump’um dumb’ (as he was prone to do) and therefore gets NO sympathy from me.

  21. hayward giablommi says: Dec 18, 2009 9:28 AM

    Reading all the “RIP Chris Henry”/”catching a TD pass in heaven” comments here yesterday was nauseating, frankly.
    His checkered past notwithstanding, any person with young children who voluntarily is jumping onto the back of a moving pickup truck is someone who, in my opinion, does not deserve any sympathy. A selfish, irresponsible act, and the fact that it happened during a domestic dispute led one to think he died attempting to harm the mother of his children. Does his family deserve sympathy? Definitely. The man himself? Absolutely not.
    Now as more and more information begins to trickle out, we’ll find out more about the man’s unbelievely stupid actions which caused his own deaths. Darwin.

  22. Ravens Macg says: Dec 18, 2009 9:30 AM

    @Lucky5927
    “Did Ray Lewis or OJ coach this lady up or something?”
    You must be a POS squeeler fan! If you’re not then you’re just a plain old A$$HOLE!!!!

  23. straverse says: Dec 18, 2009 9:39 AM

    What in the hell is this Bob Nelson character talking about. Dude needs to lay off the bottle, its not even 10am.

  24. someone_smarter_than_you says: Dec 18, 2009 9:42 AM

    Thomas Paquette says:
    December 18, 2009 8:58 AM
    Not only are these children fatherless just shy of Christmas but they could press charges against Loleini Tonga for involuntary vehicular manslaughter, right Florio?
    I can’t imagine this happening because Chris Henry did jump in the back of the truck knowing potential consequences of that, he also was dumb enough to not get out when his wife stopped the car telling him to get out of the trunk.
    With that said, she could be charged because she was dumb enough to drive with someone in the back of the truck and she could’ve always just stopped the truck and talked like an adult should do. I’m 15 and would never be dumb enough to do that.
    ————————————————-
    15?? It’s mid morning on a Friday, shouldn’t you be at school? It doesn’t appear that you are doing anything to avoid being dumb enough to do something like this now does it?
    Dope is for dopes man, stay in school!

  25. Steelerfanatic says: Dec 18, 2009 9:43 AM

    hey shehateme. What about the children of chris or his maother do you have sympathy for them or are you just a coldhearted ogre. No matter what happened sympathy is deserved for such a sensless loss of a young life. much too soon RIP #15 Chris SLIM Henry

  26. xkasicx says: Dec 18, 2009 9:48 AM

    “Whitaker also reports that police have concluded that Tongas immediately stopped the truck and rushed to assist Henry.”
    if she stopped then how come he was found laying in middle of the road by someone else? and someone else had to call for help?

  27. chapnasty says: Dec 18, 2009 10:00 AM

    I love how TMZ suddenly is a credible news source

  28. Greg from Louisiana says: Dec 18, 2009 10:05 AM

    This is a red herring. The neighbor said he heard this while perched on a ladder next to the house. The actual accident happened well away from the house I believe.
    Henry wasn’t stupid, and I doubt he jumped. He apparently came out the truck on a curve, and had a cast on his arm to boot. Pretty hard to hold on with one arm and a cast.

  29. raiderrob21 says: Dec 18, 2009 10:14 AM

    Gloyhole,
    stick to reporting the facts. Your attempt at comedy proves why you are no comedian. And this story is one that needs no comedy.
    RIP Chris Henry. God Bless him and his family.

  30. CurseofBoJackson says: Dec 18, 2009 10:17 AM

    hayward, where’d ya lose your heart? Was your daddy mean to you? Is your wife a b*tch, life partner? Missing something in your life? Your take is shameful, I imagine your life is as well. It’s a young man that tragically lost his life, almost regardless of the details, sympathy or even empathy for his family would be expected by anyone with a conscience, way to rep schmuck.

  31. mike428 says: Dec 18, 2009 10:20 AM

    Whatever the real story is, it’s no less of a tragedy. Those kids are still without a dad…

  32. Didier says: Dec 18, 2009 10:39 AM

    It matters a great deal less how we die than how we lived.
    As I said yesterday, only God knows what was in Chris Henry’s heart and mind in the last few years and moments of his life.
    Grieve the loss of a brother. Imperfect, yes, but who among us are perfect?
    Let the authorities conduct their investigation and report its results.
    But, in the next few days, let us contemplate his life, not his death, as well as our own.

  33. Idle Hands says: Dec 18, 2009 10:40 AM

    PFT….TMZ aren’t they both one in the same. Isn’t Harv Levy and Florio the same type of guy? Standing in front of their lackies getting the latest ” scoop”?

  34. lamename says: Dec 18, 2009 10:40 AM

    IF he jumped out of the truck on purpose, and IF he intended to injure/kill himself it’s not hard to make sure your head hits first. The truck wouldn’t even have to be moving very fast.
    Short falls where you land on your head can be deadly. Just ask the guy the NYPD tasered, and he was only about 10 feet off the ground: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/09/24/2008-09-24_naked_man_falls_to_his_death_after_taser-1.html
    Regardless, this whole incident is horrible, tragic and wasteful.

  35. Favre On HGH says: Dec 18, 2009 10:43 AM

    He jumped in the back of the truck and wouldn’t get out when she yelled for him to.
    He was yelling at her as they were driving away, easy to hear from a distance, not like they were whispering or having a normal conversation. He said they were going 20-30 mph as they went past. Slow enough to hear yelling.
    The fact he still had a cast on one arm and still stayed in the truck shows his mindset wasn’t right, emotional or whatever.
    Just reckless behavior all around.

  36. Mcsoup says: Dec 18, 2009 10:47 AM

    He probably did jump. When you’re in the back of a truck, 30 mph doesn’t look fast at all. But when you jump out and try to land on your feet…yeah, your feet end up pointing at the sky real quick.

  37. heartstl says: Dec 18, 2009 10:57 AM

    So what if the neighbor didn’t see the accident. There was an eyewitness on a Charlotte TV station yesterday saying that he jumped.

  38. Josh says: Dec 18, 2009 11:06 AM

    Some of these responses are rather rude to despicable. As already mentioned, there is no way a conversation could be heard from a truck moving fast enough to cause him grievous bodily harm. It was reckless to jump into a truck trying to get your fiancee to talk, and it was very reckless of the fiancee to not stop the truck!
    May you finally find in death what you longed for but could not find in life. Requiescat in pace.

  39. Favre On HGH says: Dec 18, 2009 11:07 AM

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/34466979/ns/sports-nfl/
    Rosenthal wrote a nice article here.
    Nice comments from the Browns owner and staff.

  40. CincyJungle says: Dec 18, 2009 11:09 AM

    hayward giablommi
    People saying RIP and the like is their own way of dealing with his death. It doesn’t mean that your points aren’t valid. I’ve been a long time hoper for Chris Henry that he would be redeemed. It’s an emotional investment and like all investments, it carried with it risk, but an emotional investment in a person is never wasted. I am very disappointed with his actions, but thankful that for a period in his life he was able to turn it around. It is very sad.

  41. Richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2009 11:26 AM

    Crazy thing is that Henry is alleged to have complained about the expense this wedding was adding up to, yet in a previous article in the Charlotte Observer, the next door neighbor said there were always limo’s going to and from the family home. In fact, I believe a limo was parked there the day this accident was reported, as I read somewhere.
    Hiring limo’s all the time and then complaining about wedding costs just doesn’t make sense….. but then, neither does jumping in the back of a moving truck and pounding on a window.
    This whole affair is sad and needless.

  42. zappa says: Dec 18, 2009 11:27 AM

    Didn’t Tonga know you have to stop the vehicle before you push the trunk monkey button.

  43. Lurch says: Dec 18, 2009 11:28 AM

    Looks like Loleini killed her golden goose over something as silly as having a super fancy, expensive wedding. Guess just a plain old ordinary one wouldn’t do – it wasn’t the man that was important – it was the event. Good luck in finding another cash cow.
    Just a total waste.

  44. DeVoodoo says: Dec 18, 2009 11:42 AM

    Definitely a guy who had turned his life around. Definitely.

  45. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 18, 2009 11:50 AM

    Don’t rip on TMZ for covering Tiger. He’s a celeb, that’s what they do.
    But you guys here mention him a lot, too. And last I checked it’s Pro FOOTBALL talk.
    And Didier nailed this whole thing MUCH better than the PRO writers ever could.

  46. stetai says: Dec 18, 2009 11:52 AM

    Some of your holier than thou comments are plain ignorant. Do you people honestly think, that Henry’s kids were on the driveway, and he said “Wait here, I’ll get momma, put your cell phone down” and jumped on the back of a moving pickup truck.
    He clearly wasn’t thinking about his kids, or safety or anything else when you jump on the back of a moving truck, use your heads. You keep calling him selfish, etc. He was in the middle of a fight. Evidently a heated one, which is why he made the irrational move of jumping on the back of a moving truck you dumbasses.
    Clearly none of you have ever been in a fight before, either with another guy or with a partner. Things get heated, you say stupid things, you do stupid things, you don’t act responsibly. Unfortunately this situation resulted in an action that can’t be reversed. But by many of your inability to understand this situation shows you’ve never been in a fight or confrontation which can only conclude in that you all just tuck your tail between your legs and take your beating, so you can criticize others later on.
    Be realistic idiots, and grow the F up. The man wouldn’t purposely do something to ruin his kids’ life. S*** happens, and anyone with any life experience would know that.

  47. hayward giablommi says: Dec 18, 2009 12:07 PM

    @ CurseofBoJackson
    If you read my post, retard, I said that there should definitely be sympathy for his family and his children.
    Sorry you don’t have the cognitive ability to think critically and differentiate between a tragic accident and a irresponsible person whose impulsive recklessness was the proximate cause of his own death.
    Just because a man can run fast, run a pass pattern and catch a ball doesn’t mean that we should overlook the extreme stupidity that caused his death. You can attack me ad hominem all you want, doesn’t change the fact that no resposible adult with a family, be it me, you, or anyone else, is jumping into the back of a moving pickup truck. Stupid is stupid, end of story.

  48. brusta2002 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:37 PM

    15?? It’s mid morning on a Friday, shouldn’t you be at school? It doesn’t appear that you are doing anything to avoid being dumb enough to do something like this now does it?
    Dope is for dopes man, stay in school!
    ======================================
    Speak for yourself man shouldn’t you be working or does your boss permit you f&@$ng off at work? I just finished final exams so don’t fire back at me.
    On a side note, tmz actually took time off from asking meaningless questions to celebs leaving the airport/lunch/shopping/gym, calling female celebs “hos”, and incinuating homosexuality to speculate on the death of an NFL star? Shocking…

  49. TigerS Boy ToY says: Dec 18, 2009 12:59 PM

    MARRIAGE ALWAYS TAKES A MANS LIFE
    RIP #15
    I HOPE HIS BOYZ CAN GET A RING IN HIS MEMORY, 26 IS WAY TOO YOUNG.

  50. rlb1130 says: Dec 18, 2009 2:46 PM

    Stetia…Umm..Yes me and my wife have had arguments. Neither of us sped off in an automobile..Neither of us jumped atop a moving automobile.. Neither of us could be heard by neighbors while driving down the road at 30 mph..Neither of us has been arrested for assault or domestic..It’s sad how so many in society have grown accustom to these types of behaviors. It is sad that a young man lost his life. It is sad that children will no longer have a father. Regardless of the actual events, jumping into a moving vehicle and screaming so neighbors can hear you is not “typical” anger reactions. If you feel it is you need to re-evaluate your own life..and your surroundings..

  51. Lord Humungus says: Dec 18, 2009 3:11 PM

    So, has anyone called the caterer yet?

  52. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 18, 2009 3:11 PM

    “But by many of your inability to understand this situation shows you’ve never been in a fight or confrontation which can only conclude in that you all just tuck your tail between your legs and take your beating, so you can criticize others later on.”
    _____________________________________
    Yea, way to flex your E peen. It’s so much cooler to escalate an argument to ridiculous measures than to “tuck your tail”. In this situation it obviously would have been MUCH better had Henry simply ” tucked his tail and took his beating” for whatever that means in this situation… like calming down and taking the kids inside until his fiance calmed down and came back home. To “understand this situation” is to see it as it is, two adults losing complete control and turning an argument into a funeral. It seems to me maybe it is you who doesn’t understand it.
    “Tucking his tail and taking his beating” would have resulted in him still being alive, three kids having a live father and many more days to get over a silly ass argument between a man and his woman.

  53. golongboyee says: Dec 18, 2009 4:45 PM

    BonnieD – what is amzing is you have the intellect to actually form a sentence!

  54. golongboyee says: Dec 18, 2009 4:48 PM

    Lucky5927 – are you really this stupid?????
    anyway……..I hope the truck is ok……..it seems to be the only thing involved here with an ounce of sense!

  55. CanadianVikingFan says: Dec 18, 2009 6:06 PM

    Anything that comes from TMZ means it should automatically be thrown out. Besides if they are driving, how did a witness perfectly hear this? Unless she was driving 10mph and he made a head first dive, I don’t think they could of known exactly what was happening.

  56. Radical Rick says: Dec 18, 2009 8:12 PM

    That will probably be good fodder for the show Manswers. That must have been one pricey wedding. But like my grandmother told my niece, after a certain amount of kids with a man your family really doesn’t deserve to pay for a huge wedding.

  57. JayApple says: Dec 18, 2009 9:29 PM

    Greed and selfishness plays a big part in most tragedies, this one is no exception. One can only think in retrospect was a BIG wedding worth the end result. My Love goes out to the children and Chris Henry, may you rest in peace where big weddings are irrelevant.

  58. Philtration says: Dec 18, 2009 9:30 PM

    # chapnasty says: December 18, 2009 10:00 AM
    I love how TMZ suddenly is a credible news source
    —————————————————-
    Just like Chris Henry was a great guy who turned his life around too.

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