Kaye Cowher wife of former Steelers' head coach Bill Cowher it has been reported has passed away after losing her battle with skin cancer at the age of 54.
Bill and Kaye met at NC State in 1976 while he was a linebacker for the team and she played on the women's basketball team. The couple was married in 1981, and Kaye was later featured in a Doublemint gum advertisement with her twin sister Faye.
, who is now an analyst for CBS released a statement saying, "Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family. Kaye was always at my side throughout my career as a player, coach, NFL analyst and, most importantly, as a parent to our three daughters Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay. They will miss their mother dearly."
That same sentiment was echoed by Steelers president Arthur J. Rooney II
said in a statement, "Kaye was a very private person who was very devoted to her family. Kaye made many friends in our organization and our community. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched. On behalf of the entire Steeler family, we extend our condolences to Bill, his daughters and their family."
The family has asked for privacy during this time, but she is survived by her three daughters Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay who all have followed their mother and played Division I women's basketball and she is also survived by her husband Bill. There will be services held on Monday in North Carolina.