Lions’ great Alex Karras passed away

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Former Detroit Lions star defensive lineman Alex Karras passed away on Wednesday at the age of 77.

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“After a heroic fight with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and for the last two years, stomach cancer,” Karras died at his home, surrounded by family,” a family spokesman told CNN.

Lions president Tom Lewand released a statement reacting to the news.

“On behalf of the William Clay Ford Family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, we extend our deepest sympathies to Susan, the Karras Family and to all of Alex’s friends and fans across the country,” Lewand said. “While his legacy reached far beyond the gridiron, we always will fondly remember Alex as one of our own and also as one of the best to ever wear the Honolulu Blue and Silver.

It was reported on Monday that Karras was suffering from kidney failure and had days to live.

Karras had also been battling dementia. In April, he joined a growing number of former players suing the NFL, claiming the league didn’t do enough to protect and educate players about the risks of the profession. Read more…

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