“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend Freddie Solomon today,” former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said in a statement. “My heart goes out to Dee, his family, the 49ers football family, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office and football fans everywhere.
“Freddie and I have been friends for 35 years, and he was one of the most gentle and best men I have ever met in my life. Scores of generations will remember Freddie through their children and the youth he's helped over all these decades. I have never met a man who cared so much about the human race, and there will never be another Freddie.”