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Reggie White dies of heart attack, NFL Great

Reggie White dies of heart attack
December 26, 2004

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Defensive end Reggie White, a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame who retired as the NFL's all-time sacks leader in 2000, died early Sunday at his home near Huntersville, North Carolina.

White turned 43 last Sunday.

Cause of death was not given, although ESPN.com reported that White suffered a massive heart attack.

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"Today our beloved husband, father and friend passed away," White's wife, Sara, said in a statement. "His family appreciates your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of Reggie White. We want to thank you in advance for honoring our privacy."

Considered by many to be perhaps the NFL's greatest defensive lineman, White had 198 career sacks with the Philadelphia Eagles (1985-92), Green Bay Packers (1993-98) and Carolina Panthers (2000). The sacks record was passed last year by Bruce Smith.

White was the defensive star and spiritual leader of the Packers' back-to-back Super Bowl teams in 1996 and 1997. He had three sacks in the Packers' 35-21 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.

Nicknamed "The Minister of Defense" for his dominance on the field and because he was an ordained minister, White retired after the 1998 season but returned in 2000 and played one more year with Carolina.

A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, White will likely be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2006 - his first year of eligibility. He was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary team and elected to the Pro Bowl a record 13 straight times from 1986-98.

After starring in college at Tennessee, White began his pro career with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League in 1984 and compiled 23 1/2 sacks in two years. Those were not acknowledged in his NFL totals.

White started his NFL career in 1985 with the Eagles, who held his rights, after the USFL folded. He had 21 sacks in only 12 games in 1987, one shy of matching Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record of 22. Michael Strahan of the New York Giants broke Gastineau's record in 2001.

After helping the Eagles make the playoffs four times in his eight years there, White signed a four-year, $17 million contract with Green Bay in 1993. Along with his dominance on the field, White made quite an impact in the community, working with inner-city kids and helping race relations. However, White's reputation was somewhat tarnished when he gave a speech in which he denounced homosexuality and used ethnic stereotypes. He later apologized for his comments.
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That is so sad!

I really liked him. He was a sweet country guy. I hope this isn't because of some steroid use? If it was I hope the guys learn from it.
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I don't think steroid use was involved, other reports have said that it might be related to his problems with sleep apnea.

Anyway, it's very sad regardless

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hmmm, yeah it's just sad. He had personality....he made one mistake with his comments but he seemed like a really nice person.
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His controversial comments came from well intentioned ignorance not malice. Only a truly twisted person would choose to let that nonsense define the man.

On ESPN they had a lot to say about him and how he was going through lots of changes in his life even questioning organized religion and studying hebrew in an attempt to read the Bible as it was originally written.

He was a good guy with a good heart.

And this is coming from a Cowboy fan (the Eagles beat the hell outta us and made The Boys the hard tough team that won those 3 Superbowls )

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yeah I certainly wasn't a Eagles fan but his personality was warm and inviting. RIP, Reggie...
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Reggie White was one of the best defensive linemen to every grace the gridiron. There are but a handful of players that can singlehandedly have an impact the offensive game plan of a team, White is in that exclusive club. I remember Reggie from his days in the Eagles organization, where, in my opinion, he played his best. Then his days in Packer territory, again, playing well above the rest of the league. In an attempt to help a struggling defense, he came out of retirement to play with the Panthers. He was a kind and gentle giant. NFL fans will miss him sorely. My sincere prayers go out to his family. He was only 43. God bless you Reggie.

Kiwifan, I too am a Cowboys fan and have been for a long time. In case you didn't know, the Cowboys have won 5 Super Bowl titles, 2 in the 70's, 1971 and 1978 and 3 of them in the '90's, 92, 93, and 95, which was a great run. I am not, however, a fan of Jerry Jones. The cowardly and cold way he fired Tom Landry and Texx Schram will always be remembered by real fans, and JJ won't ever 'liked'. I respect his business skills but he's about as personable as a west Texas cactus.
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As a Cowboys diehard, I hated everything dealing with Reggie White and on the field. I remember cringing at the site of him running around that football field with that Super Bowl trophy.

As a person, though, Reggie seemed like one of the nice ones. He brought class to the NFL. I feel very sorry for his wife, Sara, and the rest of their famiy.

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I thought he was amazing, both on and off the field. He had such ability to inspire his teammates and he left a huge an impact on people, not only in football but as friends also.

I agree his comments were out of ignorance but he stepped up to the plate and apologized and I admire that.

He was too young to leave the world peace be with his wife and children.

He did leave the world a better place.

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Yeah this is sad news to me. Reggie was one of my favorite football players and I feel for his family and children.

Rest in Peace Reggie.


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Lung Ailment Eyed in Death of Reggie White

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NFL great Reggie White may have died because of a respiratory disease combined with other health problems, a preliminary autopsy report said Monday.


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White most likely had a condition that affected the amount of air his lungs could hold, resulting in "fatal cardiac arrhythmia," said Dr. Mike Sullivan, the medical examiner for Mecklenburg County and a forensic pathologist.



The report issued by Sullivan's office also said sleep apnea may have been a factor.



The report is a preliminary one; determining a final cause of death could take up to three months, Sullivan's office said.



White died Sunday at Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville after being taken there from his home in nearby Cornelius. His wife, Sara, called 911.



White had the disease, known as sarcoidosis, for several years, family spokesman Keith Johnson said Sunday. He described it as a respiratory ailment that affected his sleep.



On its Web site, the American Lung Association describes sarcoidosis as a disease characterized by the presence of small areas of inflamed cells that can attack any organ of the body but is most frequently found in the lungs.



The cause of the disease, which is most common among blacks and white northern Europeans, is not known.



Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing repeatedly — in some cases, hundreds of times — during their sleep.



White and his wife lived in a gated community on Lake Norman. They had two children, Jeremy, a freshman at Elon College in Elon, and a daughter, Jecolia, a junior high school.



A public viewing will be held 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at A.L. Jinwright Funeral Service in Charlotte. A private service also will be held, although the details won't be made public, the funeral home said Monday.



A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and ordained minister who was known as the "Minister of Defense," White played 15 seasons with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina. He retired after the 2000 season as the NFL's career sacks leader with 198. The mark has since been passed by Bruce Smith.



A member of the NFL's 75th anniversary team, White was elected to the Pro Bowl a record 13 straight times from 1986-98. He was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and 1998.



He retired — for the third time — from the Panthers at the age of 39.

White worked tirelessly in the offseason with inner-city youths. But his image was tarnished when he gave a speech in which he denounced homosexuality and used ethnic stereotypes. White later apologized.

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I just wonder why they feel the need to end each and every article with, "he made bad comments and then apologized"? It's soooo not necessary since he did apologize effectively ending the controversy. It's like a law an article can't be entirely positive.
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This is such a sad story. I will miss Reggie Wite more for the good person he was than the great football player he was.

Reggie White made the Green Bay Packers a whole team and he helped make them a champiosnhip team.

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Well, even in death, Reggie White has created controversy.

The US flag at Lambo Field has been lowered to half staff in honor of Reggie White and the Wisconsin veterans are upset because Reggie was not a veteran. Please note that these people were not upset when the flag was lowered for a couple of Packers employees who died suddenly and when Brett Farve's father died .

People need to get a life . No one said shit when the flag was lowered at Giants Stadium Sunday for Reggie White. I guess we in the NY area have a lot more to worry about .

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well liz some people just have to bitch...
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