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49ers legend Dwight Clark dies at 61 after battle with ALS

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Dwight Clark, responsible for the play known as 'The Catch' in NFL lore, and a defining moment for the San Francisco 49ers, died Monday at his home in Montana at the age of 61.

Clark's wife Kelly posted news of her husband's death on Twitter.

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo also issued a statement Monday, saying:

"My heart is broken. Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease. I will always remember Dwight the way he was – larger than life, handsome, charismatic and the only one who could pull off wearing a fur coat at our Super Bowl parade. He was responsible for one of the most iconic plays in NFL history that began our run of Super Bowl championships, but to me, he will always be an extension of my family.  I love him and will miss him terribly. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife Kelly, his children and the entire Clark family."

Clark made a public statement about his fight with ALS in 2017, saying at the time that he would live life to the fullest.

Clark made the play known as "The Catch" against the Cowboys in January 1982. NBC Sports reports that it became a springboard for the team's dominance of the decade.

Clark spent nine years with the 49ers, was selected for the Pro Bowl twice, and won two Super Bowl rings. His number, 87, was retired in 1988.

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