The college and professional football world is in mourning following the death of a legendary coach. Earl Bruce — famously known for his success with the Ohio State Buckeyes — sadly passed away at 87 years old.
Last year, it was confirmed that Bruce was in the early stages of battling Alzheimer’s disease, reported USA Today.
His four beloved daughters released a joint statement announcing his death on Friday morning. Although his children are saddened by his passing, they found comfort in knowing that he is reunited in Heaven with his wife Jean.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Coach Earle Bruce, early this morning, Friday, April 20,” they said in the statement. “He was a great man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many.”
“Our family will miss him dearly but we take solace in the belief that he is in a better place and reunited with his beloved wife, Jean. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes,” the statement from Lynn, Michele, Aimee, and Noel concluded.
According to ESPN, Bruce won 81 games during his nine seasons of coaching at Ohio State. Additionally, he led the team to win five bowl games.
Many paid a tribute to the late famed coach via social media including Coach Harbaugh of the University of Michigan and current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
Please pray for Earle Bruce’s friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. In other recent news, Joanna Gaines just celebrated her 40th birthday and shared this hilarious baby bump photo!