October 25, 1989 |
John Matuszak, the former Los Angeles Raider who died of an accidental overdose of painkiller last summer, left most of his estate to his mother and three sisters in Wisconsin but his Super Bowl rings will go to his nephews. Matuszak, a former all-pro defensive end noted for his aggression on the field, his flamboyance off it and his nickname, the Tooz, named his mother, Audrey Matuszak of Oak Creek, Wis., as his representative in the will formally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
July 9, 1989 |
He was the best of times, he was the worst of times. . . . There were always two of him: The Tooz, a raging, running-on-premium-and-lots-of-it, havoc-wreaking monster; and John Matuszak, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound puppy dog just begging for you to pat him on the head. The people who knew him by day adored him, remember him for his gentleness, his consideration, his unfailing kindness. The people who saw him out on the town on one of those nights didn't soon forget it.
July 1, 1989
Contrary to what was stated in a column by Mike Downey (June 19), John Matuszak was not a dog killer. The myth originated in "Snake," Ken Stabler's autobiography. Matuszak responded in his own book, "Cruisin' with the Tooz," to Stabler's story: "Total, unadulterated fiction. Never happened . . . I love dogs and that made me furious." While I think most of Downey's column was fair, he left a false impression of Matuszak on this one significant point. There are a lot of people (and Matuszak was one of them)
June 28, 1989 |
Former Raider star John Matuszak died of an accidental overdose of Darvocet, a prescription painkiller, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reported Tuesday. The coroner's office reported it also found "a small amount of a cocaine metabolate" in Matuszak's blood. Department spokesman Bob Dambacher said it suggests that Matuszak "may have taken some cocaine within 24 hours of his death, or so." However, the coroner's report says that the cocaine had been ruled out by the medical staff as a factor in Matuszak's death.
June 24, 1989
Mike Downey obviously likes the super macho, the wild, the rebellious. That John Matuszak was mainly a kamikaze on the field--and off the field--clearly appeals to Downey. And it probably appeals to a large number of sports fans. But violence violates and destroys. HAROLD S. SPEAR Pasadena
June 22, 1989 |
A close friend and teammate of John Matuszak said at the former football player's funeral Wednesday he will remember the tearful talks he had with the man who called him "little buddy." Matuszak, a native of suburban Oak Creek, Wis., died of heart failure Saturday in Burbank at 38. About 600 people attended a funeral service at the Catholic church Matuszak had attended as a child. The service was marked by eulogies from friend Mickey Marvin, a former Raider guard, and Al Davis, the Raiders' owner.