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Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach dies at 61 after complications from heart condition

He passed away due to complications from a heart condition.

Published: December 13, 2022 9:09am

Updated: December 13, 2022 9:25am

Mississippi State University head football coach Mike Leach passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from a heart condition, the school announced Tuesday.

"Mike was a giving and attentive husband, father and grandfather. He was able to participate in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity," the Leach family said.

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum said Leach's impact was felt across "the entire college football landscape."

Leach was hospitalized on Sunday after experiencing a health issue at home.

He spent 21 seasons as a head coach, including at Texas Tech and Washington State. Leach is known for creating one of the most prolific passing offensives in the country.

As a coach, Leach set multiple school and national football records. He also wrote two books, including a New York Times best-selling autobiography titled, "Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and in Life." 

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and four children.

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