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Dwight Clark Dead at 61 After Battle with ALS

6/4/2018 3:51 PM PDT

Dwight Clark Dies After Battle with ALS

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Ex-NFL star Dwight Clark -- the guy who made "The Catch" in the 1981 NFC Championship -- has died from complications stemming from ALS, his wife has confirmed. 

"I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband," she tweeted.

"He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most."

"I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS."

Clark put together one helluva career after being selected in the 10th round of the 1979 NFL Draft -- earning his way into 2 Pro Bowls and leading the NFL in receptions in 1982. 

He also won 2 Super Bowls as one of Joe Montana's favorite receivers. 

His #87 jersey was retired in 1988. 

RIP

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