Friday, June 30, 2006

Northwestern Football Coach Dies of a Heart Attack


Northwestern's football coach, Randy Walker died of a heart attack Thursday night.  He was 52.

Walker was having chest pains at home....had the heart attack.....and died. 

He was a successful coach in his six seasons at Northwestern, leading the Wildcats to 37 wins and three bowl games...including a wild 50-38 loss to UCLA in the Sun Bowl, in what turned out to be Walker's final game.  In his first season at NU, his Wildcats won a share of the Big Ten title.

In October 2004, Walker checked himself into a hospital after experiencing chest pains. He was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle; the condition is not a common ailment, and is usually caused by a virus.

He is survived by his wife, Tamara, and two children, Abbey, 28, and Jamie, 25, who is the school's football recruiting assistant.

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