Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach passed away on Monday night after heart complications, the school announced Tuesday:

Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Michael Charles "Mike" Leach passed away last night (Monday, Dec. 12) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, following complications from a heart condition. He was 61.

In a statement, the Leach family said: "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. We are supported and uplifted by the outpouring of love and prayers from family, friends, Mississippi State University, the hospital staff, and football fans around the world. Thank you for sharing in the joy of our beloved husband and father's life."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Leach family.

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FlyinTiger9317 months
Football is better because of him. High IQ guy that was creative enough to take something great, and improve upon it.
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Woodman17 months
I enjoyed watching the product he put on the field at Texas Tech, Washington State and Mississippi State. Truly a gifted offensive mind.
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rebob17 months
Coach Leach will be sorely missed by this old rebel. RIP good pirate. May your treasure chest be full of heavenly candies without a single kernel of candy corn.
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KAGTASTIC17 months
Dude was one of kind, no doubt. "The good day young" no doubt.
RIP Leach
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TigerB817 months
holy crap! wow, so sad!
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MileHighCajun17 months
Aw man...
prayers to family, players, and fans.
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