Tunch Ilkin death latest -Tributes pour for Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster and ex NFL player after death

Former Steelers and Broadcaster Tunch Ilkin was pronounced dead on Saturday September 4, 2021 after a long battle with ALS.

Tunch Ilkin was two-time Pro Bowl tackle and broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He died today, September 4th, 2021at 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.

Steelers President Art Rooney II released a statement giving his condolences to the recently deceased legend.

 

 

 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRIBUTES TO ILKIN HIGHLIGHT HIS WARMTH AND FRIENDLINESS

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ALS?

    Some of the main symptoms of ALS are: Muscle weakness/ stiffness,
    Coordination/ balance issues,Fatigue, Difficulty speaking, Severe constipation, and Shortness of breath.

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    'EPITOME OF A GREAT HUMAN'

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    STEELERS BROADASTER PRAISES ILKIN

    Bill Hillgrove, who worked alongside Ilkin as Steelers broadcaster, said that “Working with him was a dream.

    “He was insightful, he knew exactly what he was talking about, he did his homework. He was a pure pleasure to be around. Beyond that, as a person, he was concerned about other people more than himself. He always displayed that.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FRIENDS SEND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ILKIN'S FAMILY

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    JAMES HARRISON MOURNS 'GREAT LOSS' OF ILKIN

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WAS ILKIN INDUCTED INTO THE STEELERS' HALL OF HONOR?

    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.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    'PRINCE OF A MAN'

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    STEELERS RELEASE STATEMENT ON TUNCH ILKIN'S DEATH

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    FRIEND OF TUNCH ILKIN 'CAN BARELY EXPRESS GRIEF'

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT WAS ILKIN DIAGNOSED WITH?

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

    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.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    'A GIANT AMONG MEN'

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    LOCAL RADIO HOST WRITES TOUCHING TRIBUTE

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