Kaye Cowher, wife of legendary coach, dies

PITTSBURGH She was 54.

Though best known by football fans as the wife of Bill Cowher, Kaye was an athlete in her own right, playing three seasons in the Women's Professional Basketball league. In fact, she was an N.C. State alum herself.

She is survived by her husband and three daughters.

Late Saturday, Bill Cowher released a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying:

"Sadly, my wife Kaye lost her battle with cancer on Friday. Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family. Kaye was always at my side throughout my career as a player, coach, NFL analyst and, most importantly, as a parent to our three daughters Meagan, Lauren, and Lindsay. They will miss their mother dearly."

"Kaye was the rock that we could all lean on in the tough times. She was looked up to by so many people and I cannot say enough about what Kaye meant to our family. Her memory will never be forgotten. We would like to thank everyone who has kept our family in their thoughts and prayers and for those who have reached out to express their condolences. It is clear that Kaye touched a lot of lives."

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