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.