Legendary NFL running back Jim Brown passes away

Legendary NFL running back Jim Brown passes away

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown passed away on Thursday at the age of 87.

Brown reportedly passed away peacefully with his wife at their Los Angeles home.

"It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown. He passed peacefully last night in our LA home. To the world, he was an activist, actor, and football star," his wife Monique said in a statement. "To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken."

The Cleveland Browns released the following heartfelt statement:

"Jim Brown Forever -- Legend. Leader. Activist. Visionary.

It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy. We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he brought to the world.

Our hearts are with Jim’s family, loved ones, and all those he impacted along the way."

Current Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam released the following statement:

"He was certainly the greatest to ever put on a Browns uniform and arguably one of the greatest players in NFL history," a statement released Friday read. "Jim was one of the reasons the Browns have such a tremendous fan base today. So many people grew up watching him just dominate every time he stepped onto the football field but his countless accolades on the field only tell a small part of his story."

In the NFL, the three-time MVP rushed for 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns from 1957-1965.

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