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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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Jay W.     

RIP Big Al...

741 days ago
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wingedmonkey    

heck of a ball player and a great guy also!! RIP

741 days ago
3.

ohhaygirl    

is dis the black guy or the white guy

741 days ago
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adelle    

Sad...sounds like he had a stack of problems to deal with..now he doesn't have to deal with them anymore and he can be at peace. Condolences to the family.

741 days ago
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741 days ago
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Olivia3100    

RIP Mr Karras and prayers for your loved ones

741 days ago
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Truth    

RIP BIG BRO... SWEAR THAT LITTLE DEFORMED WEBSTER BRAT WOULDA GONE FIRST. #TRUTH!!

741 days ago
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Patrick Henry    

I am looking at the suffering listed and can really sympathize. I have cancer myself and a parent with dementia. Sometimes it feels as if life isn't fair

Great memories of his tx show and real life wife. I think he was a greatly admired man and I hope that his memorial comforts the loved ones, and
his steadfastness in all he accomplished be an example to others.

741 days ago
9.

Toilethead    

LONG LIVE MONGO!

741 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Someone call Webster. . .

741 days ago
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Delaware D    

RIP sir.

741 days ago
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Laura    

Prayers to his family and friends.

741 days ago
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SlicedTea.Com    

He was also the dad on Webster

741 days ago
14.

ManiacalZebra    

Sad to see him go. :(

741 days ago
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AshleyShepard    

That's really sad. Too young to die. My Papa is going through this himself. I take care of him during the day. He has dementia and his body is starting to fail. I completely understand what this family is going through.

741 days ago
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