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Tragic news as legendary Chicago Bear Dick Butkus died at the age of 80 on Thursday

TMZ first reported the news.  Malibu (Ca.) police confirmed Butkus’ death.


Our sources tell us … paramedics responded to a call for a medical emergency at Butkus’ residence in Malibu at 12:51 PM. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


We’re told someone went to check on Butkus at his home on Thursday … and he was found unresponsive.


Butkus played college ball at the University of Illinois and was drafted by the Bears in 1965. He was chosen third. overall. The Bears had the next pick and selected Gale Sayers.


Both players wound up as Pro Football Hall of Famers.


Butkus had 22 interceptions and 27 fumble recoveries.


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