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Tunch Ilkin dies aged 63: Former Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster and ex NFL player passes after ALS battle

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TUNCH Ilkin, the Steelers broadcaster and former player, has died at the age of 63.

Ilkin was diagnosed with ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, in October 2020.

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Tunch Ilkin has died aged 63 after a battle with the neurodegenerative disease ALS[/caption]

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Ilkin during a NFL game in 1989 at Three Rivers Stadium[/caption]

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in the wasting away of muscle and loss of movement.

He announced his retirement from his role as a Steelers broadcaster in June.

According to the Steelers, Ilkin was a two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle and played 14 seasons in the NFL.

He spent the last 23 years behind the radio microphone.

In July, Ilkin was named to the Steelers’ Hall of Honor and was set to be inducted in a ceremony in November.

“He was cut once or twice at least, but in true Tunch fashion, kept fighting, never gave up,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in July. “Then he followed that up with a Hall of Fame broadcast career, in my opinion. We’re so fortunate to have him as part of Steelers football for so many years.”


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