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Favre's Father Dies While Driving

December 22, 2003|From Associated Press

KILN, Miss. — Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre's father died Sunday of a heart attack or a stroke while he was driving, Mississippi state police said. Irvin Favre was 58.

Favre went off the road at 5:23 p.m. CST near Kiln, the hometown of Brett, a three-time NFL most valuable player. Irvin Favre's vehicle ran into a ditch, said Sgt. Joe Gazzo of the Mississippi State Highway Patrol.

"It didn't appear that the accident was serious enough to cause him to be unconscious, so that leads us to believe that a medical condition was what caused him to go off the road," Gazzo said.

Favre was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m.

An autopsy will be performed today.

"First, the witnesses, then the ambulance, and then at the hospital they tried to revive him," Gazzo said. "It's going to be a great loss to the community."

Favre's status for tonight's game against the Oakland Raiders would be determined today, Green Bay spokesman Aaron Popkey said from San Francisco.

Favre has started 204 consecutive games, including playoffs, an NFL record for quarterbacks. The Packers trail Minnesota by half a game in the NFC North.

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