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07-23-2010, 10:54 PM
Sad, I wasn't even aware she was sick or battling for her life.


Kaye Cowher, wife of former Steelers coach, dies of cancer
Friday, July 23, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kaye Cowher, the wife of former Steelers football coach Bill Cowher, died today in her native North Carolina after losing a battle with skin cancer. She was 54.

The Cowhers moved to Raleigh, N.C., during Mr. Cowher's final season coaching the Steelers, 2006, and continued to make it their home. Mr. Cowher resigned after the 2006 season, his 15th as Steelers head coach.

The Cowhers met when they were classmates at North Carolina State University in 1976. Mr. Cowher was on the football team and Mrs. Cowher, the former Kaye Young, and her twin sister, Faye, played basketball on full scholarships.

The Cowhers have three daughters, Megan, Lauren, and Lindsay, all of whom have been standout basketball players. The oldest two, Meagan and Lauren, played together at Princeton University.

The family has requested privacy and has released no information on Mrs. Cowher's death. Services will be held in North Carolina on Monday.

07-23-2010, 11:27 PM
Him retiring makes even more sense now if they knew she was going to be fighting for her life. He wanted to be with her and the family. Condolences to the Cowher family.

07-23-2010, 11:55 PM
Man that sucks. She was way too young. My Prayers to Bill, and his Daughters. I hear it is very rare to die of Skin Cancer. But it is possible. Too bad this had to happen. :-(

07-24-2010, 04:26 AM
wow thats horrible. i never read a single thing about her having cancer and hence never knew she was sick. that has to be horrible for there family and like someone posted above, it definatly makes sense why he retired and never came back yet. with that said i bet anything he will be coaching next season and it may be somewere with Colbert

07-24-2010, 06:31 AM
condolensce to the Cowher's

07-24-2010, 07:47 AM
R.I.P. Cowher set a great legacy here. I remember when she ran on to the field to hug him after XL.

07-24-2010, 09:18 AM
May God be with The Cowhers..

07-24-2010, 01:02 PM
Hang in there, Chin. We love you and thousands and thousand of Steelers fans have you and your family in our prayers.

07-24-2010, 01:50 PM
Wow, shocking to hear that in Pittsburgh. She was always seen in the box rooting Cowher and the Steelers at every turn and was an awesome role model and figure. Sympathy to Bill and his family.

07-24-2010, 02:08 PM
Cowher always seemed like a good guy. He was obviously one hell of a coach. My thoughts go out to him and his family. The word tragedy is used far too liberally today. But this truly is a tragedy.

This is something Bill is going to have to live with for rest of his life. Nobody ever truly gets over something like this. Not completely.

Hopefully he's ok. Relatively speaking. anyway.

07-24-2010, 03:43 PM
Just saw this on WPXI, sad to hear. Condolences to Bill and his family.

07-24-2010, 04:01 PM
RIP Mrs Cowher


07-25-2010, 01:55 AM
UGh. This really sucks.

Old School
07-25-2010, 02:53 AM
I did not know much about the coach of the field so if you could help me out I am guessing this was his wife? To him and his family all my sympathy for their loss it is never easy to lose someone but when it is some as close as a spose or child that is a pain that you feel more than others. I hope that you and your family remeber all of the good times in this moment of sorrow.

07-25-2010, 07:35 AM
This news really saddens me and I am in shock. The move to North Carolina makes even more sense to me now. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Cowher family today.

07-25-2010, 09:29 AM
Like everyone else, I didn't know she was even sick.
RIP Kaye

07-25-2010, 10:50 AM
I to had just heard the sad news. Our prayers are with you Bill.

07-25-2010, 12:26 PM
Everyone I talked to was just as shocked as I was to hear the news!!!! Our thoughts are with the Cowher family.

07-25-2010, 12:57 PM
RIP Kay. So tragic and so young to die! Blessings to the family in this tragic and awful time!

07-25-2010, 02:20 PM
May God Bless the Cowher Family and hopefully the time spent with Her family before she passed was very good.

07-25-2010, 04:12 PM

Never knew anything about this...

07-26-2010, 08:57 AM
All makes sense now why he stepped down from coaching. Such a sad loss for his family.

07-26-2010, 10:43 AM
I remember her and her kids sitting in the box cheering the Steelers on. She felt the losses as much as her husband. I am sure he was hard to live with after losses especially in the playoffs. Thank goodness she got to witness the thrill of Super Bowl XL. I lost my mother to cancer at 55 and my wife died at 52 from blood clot related problems. I understand the pain associated with losing a spouse who is so young. Time heals but the first days are terrible for the spouse and the kids. RIP Kay. You will be missed by all of your loved ones.

07-29-2010, 09:29 PM
And the newest member of the forums joins you in your sympathies for the Cowher family. Mom told me she had passed and I was in shock. Why is it that all the bad things happen to good people? I'll never quite understand that.

RIP Kaye. You were a class act.

07-30-2010, 03:23 PM
Wow! Sad news to hear. R.I.P.

08-04-2010, 03:41 PM
Very sad news, my thoughts are with her family. She was much too young for this.

08-15-2010, 12:39 AM
Incredibly sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and his family.