Former Steelers and radio announcer Tunch Ilkin was pronounced dead on Saturday, September 4, 2021, after a long battle with ALS.
His wife Karen told Pittsburgh Sports that he was hospitalized on August 24 with pneumonia, which is among the leading causes of death for people with ALS.
Tunch Ilkin, 63, was a two-time Pro Bowl tackle and broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He died today at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital at 6.
Ilkin was diagnosed with ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease in October 2020.
ALS is nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.
He announced his retirement back in June of 2021, in order to focus on his treatment. He was fighting his disease with frequent chiropractor visits.
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