Redskins' unofficial mascot, superfan Chief Zee passes away

The Washington Redskins community is mourning the loss of unofficial mascot and superfan Zema Williams.

The most recognizable Redskins fan on gameday won't be at FedEx Field anymore The memories of Zema Williams, better known for his nickname Chief Zee, won't be gone anytime soon.

Williams, a fixture at games starting in the RFK Stadium year, passed away Monday night in his sleep at the age of 75.

The unofficial mascot of the Burgundy and Gold, Williams dressed up in a Native American feathered war bonnet and attended Redskins games since 1978. In a statement following the news, the organization said, "The Washington Redskins will appreciate Zema Williams' unique passion and dedication to our football team and his fellow Washington Redskins' fans."

That Williams even became a Redskins fan was rather accidental, but once on board, the love was real.

Known for his kind willingness to take pictures and interact with others, Williams appeared in an Eastern Motors commercial with then Washington stars Santana Moss and Jason Campbell.

Williams was beloved by his fellow fans to the extent that they raised over $10,000, five times more than what was needed, for the icon when he was in fear of eviction in April.

Fans came out to honor the Chief with a vigil Tuesday night at Redskins Park in the same area where the community mourned the death of Sean Taylor in 2007.

Several of the Redskins shared their thoughts on social media.

Over the past four decades, Zema Williams was a Redskins icon and that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace to the one and only Chief Zee.

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