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Alex Karras

Dead at 77

10/10/2012 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL great Alex Karras -- who also played Mongo in "Blazing Saddles" -- died this morning after suffering kidney failure ... this according to a family spokesperson.

Karras had been battling a myriad of illnesses over the past 2 years, including kidney disease, heart disease, stomach cancer and dementia.

Karras was a punishing defensive superstar on the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970 ... before breaking out in Hollywood.

Besides "Blazing Saddles," Karras also had a starring role on the '80s sitcom "Webster"

He was 77.

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smorbie    

My prayers go out to his wife and family.

557 days ago
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Squatting Thunder    

Sweet Jeebus why are all the nice people in Hollywierd dying while the s***bags live forever?

RIP big guy don't accept any candygrams in heaven

557 days ago
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Biggie Bowan    

Every time I think of Alex Karras a smile comes to my face. That says something about him.
R.I.P., Mongo!...

Former Detroit Lions Star Alex Karras Died for kidney failure, Family Statement and Last Pics http://tinyurl.com/Alex-Karras-Dead

557 days ago
19.

LiLo's boy toy    

This is a real shame. RIP big guy you were awesome on the field and the big screen.

557 days ago
20.

Carl    

Sad to hear, especially that he had dementia from his football days. I was a young kid in the 80s so I watched Webster all the time.

557 days ago
21.

flora68    

Aw, I really liked him Bummer.

557 days ago
22.

jetfanglo    

peace...'Mad Duck'...the ranks are thinning...............
Jesus is coming.....LOOK BUSY ( heh-heh ) ....... ;)

557 days ago
23.

devilgirl    

RIP.

557 days ago
24.

Big Boy Pants    

RIP Alex and condolences to the family.

557 days ago
25.

Ro    

Prayers go out to Karras & his family. RIP Mongo! Such a funny man! Loved him in Porky's too!

557 days ago
26.

milly5    

Thanks for the great memories as a kid. You were great in Webster.. RIP Geroge

557 days ago
27.

Jsmiley    

Wasnt he also the father on Webster?

557 days ago
28.

Sarafina    

I'll always remember his role in "Victor Victoria" most--good actor. Rest in peace Mr. Karras...no more pain.

557 days ago
29.

Saints fan    

RIP Mr. Karras. Prayers to your family and friends.

557 days ago
30.

bjay    

Only saw him play in NFL highlights, but from what I did see, he was a hell of a player. Loved him as Mongo and in Victor/ Victoria. RIP

557 days ago
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