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'Blazing Saddles' Star

Suffers Kidney Failure,

Days to Live

10/9/2012 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


Alex Karras -- a former NFL superstar turned huge comedy actor -- suffered kidney failure in the last two weeks ... and doctors believe he only has a few days to live.  

The 77-year-old has been released from the Santa Monica hospital where he was being treated ... and is now on hospice care at his California home.

Karras recently joined a lawsuit against the NFL, in which he claims he now suffers from dementia as a result of his playing days with the Detroit Lions. He was also diagnosed with cancer.

Karras was a badass -- both on and off the field -- as a huge part of Lions dominant defense in the '60s. He then went on to star as Mongo in "Blazing Saddles" ... one of the greatest comedy movies ever made.

He also appeared on a ton of TV shows, and became a sitcom star on the hit '80s show, "Webster."

The Lions have released a statement about Karras ... saying, "We join his legions of fans from both sports and entertainment in prayer and support for Alex, his wife Susan, and his entire family during this most difficult time."


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Big D    

Sad news, he was a great football player.

743 days ago

Melissa B    

Not familiar w him, but this is very sad. At least he lived a long life & did things many never get to do. I hope he finds peace before he goes & isn't in any pain. Also, peace for his family.

743 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Hysterical in Blazing Saddles and a great football player before that. I am so sad that we are losing all our childhood 'friends' this year.

743 days ago


My favorite role of his was "Brumbaugh" in Centennial! So sad that he's in this situation. Hope he's not in too much pain in his final days :(

743 days ago


mongo is sad. :(

743 days ago

Internet Tough Guy    

This is sad the town of Rockridge needs him.

743 days ago


I will being praying for you and your family big man. Great football player and great comedic actor.

743 days ago


So Sad, Go with God Alex.

743 days ago


The Sheriff is a near

743 days ago


I remember Alex on Monday Night Football saying Oakland Raider player Otis Sistrunk went to the University of Mars(Otis was a strange looking dude)

743 days ago

John the Lawyer    

One final candygram for Mongo. God Bless, Alex, you brightened our day and punched a few horses.

743 days ago

John dowser    

I remember he was also in a movie with James Woods, Jeff Bridge's called "Against All Odds" with a hot chick. Very good movie. I have a bunch of Alex Karras's football cards...he was a bad a__. Tough. He was also a very good actor. I bet he is a great Dad and Husband. See you upstairs later Mongo :)

743 days ago


He really will be missed.

743 days ago

Jay W.     

Great photo of him and Cleavon Little. Sad to hear of Alex's declining health.

743 days ago

Big Boy Pants    

Sad news - he always seemed like a good guy. Loved him in Blazing Saddles and in the mini-series Centennial.

743 days ago
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