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NFL star Caleb Farley breaks silence after father dies in home explosion

The Tennessee Titans cornerback's North Carolina home exploded with his father inside

caleb farley walking off field nissan stadium© Getty Images
Jenni McKnight
US Lifestyle Editor
August 23, 2023
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Caleb Farley has broken his silence following the tragic death of his father, Robert M. Farley – who died when the NFL star's multi-million-dollar North Carolina home exploded on Tuesday. 

The 24-year-old Tennessee Titans cornerback – who was not at home at the time of the explosion – took to his Instagram Stories and shared several videos featuring people raising a glass and remembering the 61-year-old, whose body was found in the debris of the lakeside property in the Charlotte suburb of Mooresville.

WATCH: Tennessee Titans' Caleb Farley remembers late dad after home explosion

Caleb captioned one video: "Daddy you a legend I love you [for life]." Across a second, he wrote: "You wasn't suppose to go out like this pop." He also shared a photo of his dad on a golf course, and another of him soundtracked by Rich Homie Quan's song, 'Daddy'. 

Director of Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management, Kent Greene, confirmed Robert Farley's death and revealed that family friend, Christian Rogers, 25, was also at the home and was taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. "There's a lot of devastation," Greene told the Tennessean. "There's nothing left of this structure except a partial wall."

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Photos from the scene show piles of rubble scattered across a large plot of land, but the explosion did not damage any surrounding homes. Local authorities have ruled the blast, which originated in a bedroom, accidental and are investigating the property's natural gas lines. 

Friends and neighbors gathered to pay tribute to Robert M. Farley© Instagram
Friends and neighbors gathered to pay tribute to Robert M. Farley

Greene said gas is likely to have accumulated over a long period of time and found its way to an ignition source, which caused the explosion. Upon arrival at the scene, Greene said: "There could not be anyone in it left alive – that was my first thought. And when I found out someone did walk out of it, I was amazed. This was a 6,300 sq ft home, and there's nothing left but maybe a part of the garage." 

crowd gathered remembering robert farley© Instagram
Caleb Farley shared his shock over his father's tragic death

Following the heartbreaking accident, Caleb's Titans coach, Mike Vrabel, gathered the players after practice on Tuesday and they kneeled to pray for their teammate's dad. 

Speaking after practice at the team's headquarters in Nashville, he said: "What's most important is that we do everything we can to support [Caleb] emotionally. It's shocking. We've got to focus on Caleb and his family, and how we can support him." 

Robert M. Farley died aged 61 on August 22© Instagram
Robert M. Farley died aged 61 on August 22

Titans safety, Kevin Byard, said: "I know he lost his mother at a young age as well," referring to the death of Caleb's mom in 2018 from breast cancer. "He's dealt with a lot of adversity. It's very tragic. It's an unimaginable tragedy. And, you know, as a team and as a brother, all we can do and all I can do is to try to be there for him." 

caleb farley dad robert farley© Instagram
Caleb's dad died after the NFL star's home exploded

Titans running back, Derrick Henry told reporters: "I'm just praying for Caleb. I just found out the news. I'm keeping him in our prayers. I'm praying for his family. I'm sending my condolences, we all send our condolences. It's a tragic situation."

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