The only brother of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin has died from injuries suffered in a freak accident when he fell from a cab, the team announced on Wednesday.
John Coughlin, 63, died Monday night at Hackensack University Medical Center. Coughlin fell not long after leaving a nationally televised game between the Giants and Broncos at Met Life Stadium, where he stood on the sidelines wearing a Giants jacket.
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He was with friend Larry Remmen, who told the New York Daily News that Coughlin apparently fell while exiting the cab
. “As a result of the fall, he had a brain hemorrhage,” Remman said. “It was just a freak thing that happened.”
The Daily News said that Tom Coughlin, 67, is planning to coach Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers before returning from North Carolina for a Monday wake and Tuesday funeral in New York.
“Our family is thankful for the expressions of sypmpathy and prayers for our brother John’s passing,” the coach said in a statement. “We all appreciate them. John was a friend to all. He loved life, and he will be greatly missed. He left us way too soon.”
“I wouldn’t expect anything less out of him,” said guard Chris Snee, who is married to Tom Coughlin’s daughter, of the coach's plans to stay with the team until the wake and funeral, ESPN reported
Defensive coach Justin Tuck told ESPN that Coughlin ran his first practice as normal as he could.
“He mentioned it and moved on,” Tuck said. “I don’t think he wants to burden us with it. ... He isn’t looking for sympathy. He is going to deal with it how he deals with it. I doubt you will hear him talk about it again.”
John Coughlin was a New Jersey resident who owned and operated Coughlin’s Stables at the Meadowlands.
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