Mike Heimerdinger dies

Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has died after fighting an aggressive form of cancer, succumbing to the disease at age 58. According to the Tennessean, Heimerdinger was in Mexico undergoing treatment at the time of his death Friday night.

"I lost a really, really good true friend,'' former Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He fought this unlike anything I had ever seen before. For him to finish the season in his condition, and his battle, was extraordinary this year. He never lost faith or lost hope and his goal was to get back on the sideline again. He'll be missed. He touched a lot of peoples' lives over the years."

A well-respected veteran NFL assistant who coached the late Steve McNair, Heimerdinger is surivived by his wife, Katie. She released the following statement: "We have been overwhelmed and incredibly touched by all of the support that we have felt from family, friends, fellow coaches, players, fans and the league this past year. It is with a heavy heart, but a trust in God, that we say goodbye to our beloved Dinger who lost his courageous battle with cancer yesterday. Mike approached cancer with the same vigor and tenacity that he approached any football game — to win.

"He was a deeply devoted husband and father, loving son and brother, loyal friend and committed coach who loved the game and life. The coming days will be challenging for our family and we graciously and respectfully ask that you allow us to grieve privately."

The Denver Broncos, where Heimerdinger previously coached for seven years, released the following statement:

"The Denver Broncos are heartbroken to learn of Mike Heimerdinger's passing on Friday night following his courageous battle with cancer. Mike coached for the Broncos during the most successful period in team history, highlighted by the club's back-to-back World Championship seasons of 1997-98. Known affectionately as Dinger, Mike earned respect and admiration from this franchise and around the NFL for his grit, passion and "never-give-up" attitude.

"He remained close with several members of the organization following his final year with the Broncos in 2007, including some who visited him last week before the team's game in Tennessee. The Broncos extend their deepest sympathies and prayers to Mike's wife, Kathie, and the rest of his family and friends during this most difficult time."

We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and NFL colleagues. For more coverage of the NFL, go to profootball.scout.com. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider

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