According to South Florida sports reporter Andy Slater, White's father, Tyrone, died in the crash, and his mother was also in the auto and is in critical condition. His mother was also reportedly injured and is in critical condition.
NBC reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft had offered to fly White to Miami but the 28-year-old elected to remain with the team in Seattle. He did not play during Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass to Greg Olsen early in the first quarter that went off the veteran tight end's fingers and into the arms of Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who returned it for a touchdown.
"My heart's heavy because one of my teammates, James White, from Wisconsin, one of the nicest guys, teammates, one of the hardest workers, one of the best people I know, had a tough one", Wilson said to NBC's Michele Tafoya.
Added Wilson, who played with White at Wisconsin before the two were National Football League stars.
Many other former teammates of White's also came out in support of him, including Tom Brady.
White, in his seventh season with the Patriots, has won three Super Bowls. White rushed for 22 yards on eight carries, with 30 receiving yards, in Week 1.