Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has not died despite previous reports.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Williams had died after suffering a head injury in a construction accident. Tierney Lyle, the mother of Williams’ 8-year-old daughter, told the Tampa Bay Times that Williams is still alive but currently on life support. While Williams is still mostly unresponsive and there may be plans to take him off life support, that hasn’t happened as of yet.
Via Tampa Bay Times
Former Bucs receiver Mike Williams is on life support in ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital due to injuries sustained in a construction accident last week, the mother of his 8-year-old daughter said.
Tierney Lyle had just left the hospital where she said Williams was mostly non-responsive when she and daughter Mya visited him on Wednesday afternoon.
“They were waiting on me and (his daughter). We’re here and still trying to figure it out,” said Lyle, standing outside of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
“He was asleep when we went in there and he woke up when he heard our voices and his daughter’s voice,” Lyle said. “And he looked around, and he blinked and he was crying but he can’t move.”
Lyle, who said Williams, 36, was injured in a construction accident in Hillsborough County last week, said she believed the plan was to remove Williams from life support but that hasn’t happened yet.
The GoFundMe asking for money for “travel expenses” from someone purporting to be Williams’ mother is not linked to anyone in the immediate family.
I want to confirm @NFLSTROUD's report that as of this tweet, Mike Williams has not died.
According to a close family friend, The GoFundMe account circulating is 'absolutely not linked to the immediate family and nobody in the immediate family is familiar with the organizer of…
— Evan Closky (@ECloskyWTSP) September 6, 2023
Williams’ agent tells me the family has asked for the GoFundMe page titled “Travel Expenses” to be taken down.
Williams went to Riverside High School in Buffalo, before playing for the Buccaneers & Bills
— Michael Schwartz (@MSchwartzTV) September 6, 2023