The rest from MetroWNY:
Merlin Olsen, 69, died Thursday morning from complications early related to mesothelioma, which erodes the protective lining around the lungs.(For order, this article has been back-dated)
Olsen, along with Rosey Grier, Deacon Jones and Lamar Lundy, was part of the Los Angeles Rams' famous Fearsome Foursome in the 1960s, together they were considered one of the best defensive fronts in all of NFL history.
After football, Olsen began a career as a football commentator for NBC and TV star. He co-starred with Michael Landon on the series Little House on the Prairie.
Rodger Goodell said today that "Merlin was a larger-than-life person, literally and figuratively, and leaves an enormously positive legacy."
Olsen is survived by his wife, Susan; their children Nathan, Jill and Kelly; his brothers Phil, Orrin and Clark; his sisters Colleen, Lorraine, Gwen, Winona and Ramona; and several grandchildren.
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