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Steve "Dr. Death" Williams Dies

Steve Williams (AP Photo) Steve Williams (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Dec 30, 2009 5:44 PM CDT

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Steve Williams, an All-American wrestler and football player at Oklahoma who wrestled professionally as "Dr. Death," has died. He was 49.

Former OU wrestling coach Stan Abel says Williams died Tuesday night in Lakewood, Colo., after a long battle with throat cancer.

Williams was a four-time All-American heavyweight wrestler at Oklahoma from 1979-1982 and finished second nationally his senior year. He was an All-Big Eight Conference offensive guard for Oklahoma in 1982.

Current OU wrestling coach Jack Spates described Williams as "one of the greatest athletes that the University of Oklahoma has ever produced."

Services for Williams will be held Jan. 8 at the Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colo.

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