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November 01, 1986

Washington State defensive lineman Tim Petek died of lung cancer. He was 23.

Petek, who played in nine games last season, underwent surgery Jan. 3, when doctors removed most of a tumor. He underwent five months of chemotherapy, dropping to 230 pounds. In July, Petek had a second operation and was referred to doctors in Indianapolis, who wanted to put him on a 12-week chemotherapy program.

Petek refused, opting to enroll at Washington State for the fall semester.

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