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Alex Karras: Detroit Lions Legend Dies of Kidney Failure

2012-10-11 13:04

Alex Karras: Detroit Lions Legend Dies of Kidney FailureAlex Karras was one of the NFL's most dominant defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.

Now, the 77-year-old Karras has passed away Wednesday after dealing with failing kidneys on top of the dementia and cancer he has faced in the last several years.

CNN is reporting on the NFL legend's death:

Former NFL player and actor Alex Karras died Wednesday in Los Angeles, a family spokesman said. He was 77.

"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, the spokesman said.

The former Detroit Lion was voted to the All-Decade team for the 1960s and is widely remembered as one of the best players in the history of the Lions' franchise.

In addition to his playing career, it was Karras's time acting and broadcasting that made him a household name later in his career.

After becoming the Monday Night Football announcer for three years, Karras took roles in hit movies like Porky's, Centennialand and in the Mel Brooks' classic Blazing Saddles.

Karas also found huge success after he starred in the hit TV show Webster in the 80s.

On and off the field, Karras has an extensive legacy that can never be forgotten.

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