Marquise Hill, a defensive end for the New England Patriots, has passed away at the age of 24. He had been jet skiing with a female acquaintance on Lake Pontchartrain Sunday night when they lost control of the watercraft. They were not wearing life vests.

He was declared missing when a search for him started on Sunday night. His friend was rescued when he had helped her to a pylon in the water. He was last seen after he got her there floating down the lake in the strong current.

His body was found today around 2:30 and was identified by a Louisiana state official as Hill.

Hill is from New Orleans and has been very active helping family members rebuild their homes that were lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Hill went to LSU in Baton Rouge and was a member of their 2003 National Championship team. He was drafted by the Patriots in the 2004 draft in the second round.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends as well as the members of the Patriots organization.