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Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen dies

Matt Schudel

Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who starred with the old Los Angeles Rams and later became a broadcaster and actor, has died at age 69 in Los Angeles. He had mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

Football fans will remember Olsen as one of the "Fearsome Foursome," the Rams' formidable defensive front line of the 1960s. He was one of the greatest defensive linemen in the history of the NFL, then went on to even wider fame as a broadcaster and actor, with major roles on "Little House on the Prairie" and "Father Murphy." He was also the commercial spokesman for FTD florists for a number of years.

By Matt Schudel  |  March 11, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
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