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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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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I wouldn't have known who the hell he was until he was mentioned that he played in Webster. RIP (George). That was a good sitcom btw.

746 days ago
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kitnplayn    

It's not a sport. It's a manipulation of finances and control of atheletes to the point of bodily injury, and all the medical trophies that go with an early death.

746 days ago
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Cheetara    

Never knew that was him in Blazing Saddles----which btw was freakin hilarious. RIP Alex.

746 days ago
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john johnson    

r.i.p.

746 days ago
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john johnson    

i wonder how emmanuel lewis is dealing with this?

746 days ago
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anon    

R.I.P. Mr. Alex Karras.

746 days ago
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nipples mugee    

Never mind that sh!t, here comes mongo .... lol..... CLASSIC . RIP Al

746 days ago
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nipples mugee    

Mongo like candy.... BOOM

746 days ago
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gee    

He played the tough gay guy in Victor/Victoria. RIP Squash

745 days ago
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Miva    

Love Mr. Karras and his wife Susan on Webster, so sad to hear about his death, my prayers are with his family, just in case found his wife bio here http://fandaily.info/?p=34425 and daughter Katie here http://showbizdaily.net/?p=1274

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