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Death certificate says Al Davis died of heart failure

Al Davis Crypt AP

According to the San Jose Mercury News, former Raiders owner Al Davis’ death was due to heart failure.

Davis’ death certificate states that he died at the Oakland Airport Hilton at 2:45 a.m. on October 8 from congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and ventricular fibrillation. Davis’ heart is believed to have begun to fail just 24 hours before his passing, “likely from five years of living with heart disease.”

The document also shows that Davis had throat surgery on October 5 and was suffering from Markel cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer obtained from sun exposure.

Davis was 82 when he died.

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22 Responses to “Death certificate says Al Davis died of heart failure”
  1. jcd213 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:28 PM

    RIP

  2. edmazeing1 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    Man never complain, what a warrior!!!

  3. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 28, 2011 10:31 PM

    TMZ had an article up about this saying “Al Davis died of a broken heart.”

    They print garbage like that and wonder why some celebrities beat up their cameramen.

  4. rkel10 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:34 PM

    RIP Al, eventhough it’s been a few weeks, you’re missed already.

  5. 8man says: Oct 28, 2011 10:45 PM

    Standard diagnosis for someone of his years. It was just his time. He had a full life and many of his detractors went before him. We should all be so lucky.

    RIP Al.

    I still think the Raiders should put his face on the helmet.

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:58 PM

    Living with heart disease for five years and dealing with the pressure that he was under? My hats off to him, RIP Al

  7. jimmysee says: Oct 28, 2011 11:11 PM

    Al is up there with Bert Bell, Paul Brown, Curley Lambeau and George Halas as seminal NFL figures.

    RIP, Al, and thanks.

  8. jutts says: Oct 28, 2011 11:15 PM

    I totally agree 8man. You can’t think of the Raiders without Al.

  9. brownsapologist says: Oct 29, 2011 12:04 AM

    RIP Davis. Most fans can only dream of having an owner who has as much passion for their team as you had for the Raiders.

  10. raider23mike says: Oct 29, 2011 2:40 AM

    So he died on the Airport, on his way to Houston

  11. gmenmunny says: Oct 29, 2011 2:47 AM

    @8man. I agree. Al’s head with the swords on helmet on. He was, and always be the rebellious Raider of the NfL. RIP AD. You mill be missed for generations, past,present, and future.

  12. iainnyj says: Oct 29, 2011 2:58 AM

    Died of heart failure a couple of days after surgery? Perhaps his heart just couldn’t cope with that additional stress.

    Whatever the cause, it’s a sad moment for the Raiders, but the end of a life worth celebrating in football circles.

  13. joetoronto says: Oct 29, 2011 6:10 AM

    Among other things, the man was a marketing genius. He created a brand that he knew people would either hate, or love.

    All you losers that gave a thumbs down on condolences given to him, you’ve been had again, from the great Al Davis.

  14. war71 says: Oct 29, 2011 8:13 AM

    My greatest fear is that the Raiders become just another NFL franchise which is was most definitely not the case under Al Davis. Al Davis, love or hate him, made that organization a family, a fraternity. Once a Raider always a Raider. Jason Campbell said it best in a recent interview. How after last season Al called him and asked him how he was doing, how his family was doing, and if there was anything he needed. Mr. Davis will be missed by the fans and mostly by those who were close to him. Not a better friend or fierce adversary Al was a reflection of his team…you either loved or loathed him. But no one can deny his love for the Raiders, love of his family, and his love for the game. Godspeed.

  15. invaiduh says: Oct 29, 2011 8:56 AM

    I live, breathe and will die RAIDER..
    Al was and is a huge part of my life.

    RIP
    NO OTHER SPORTS. NO OTHER TEAMS.

    RAIDERS.

  16. dcfan4life says: Oct 29, 2011 9:35 AM

    “My greatest fear is that the Raiders become just another NFL franchise which is was most definitely not the case under Al Davis.”
    _______________________________

    Well your in luck my friend. Since they already made a ridiculous trade giving up a First round and probably Second round draft picks for Carson Palmer, you know his team knows how to do NFL business just like him.

  17. invaiduh says: Oct 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    @dcfan. Gfy..
    And I couldn’t mean it more.

  18. tatum064 says: Oct 29, 2011 10:42 AM

    dcfan4life says:
    Oct 29, 2011 9:35 AM
    “My greatest fear is that the Raiders become just another NFL franchise which is was most definitely not the case under Al Davis.”
    _______________________________

    Well your in luck my friend. Since they already made a ridiculous trade giving up a First round and probably Second round draft picks for Carson Palmer, you know his team knows how to do NFL business just like him.
    ==================
    Same thing said when they traded for Rich Gannon…Yawn.

    DC fan, with that ATM Napoleon that is Dan Snyder, you have no legitimate comment on the matter.

  19. ern215 says: Oct 29, 2011 10:55 AM

    mr davis was the last of the “old breed” of nfl owners, the breed that actually cared about their players and took the time out to see how the players’ wives and kids were doing on holidays.
    if a player got older and sick and the nfl would not take care of them, mr davis paid for their caretaking out of his pocket, and never mentioned a word about it……………bottom line is………he was the lst of the “mohicans” as far as nfl owners are concerned, RIP MR DAVIS

  20. mianfr says: Oct 29, 2011 11:25 AM

    I’m pretty sure what was left of his heart failed in the early 70’s, so try again, coroners.

  21. raiders4life says: Oct 29, 2011 11:59 AM

    Many people thought, myself included, that the franchise would be better off without the aging owner. Unfortunately, the first move the franchise makes in his absence, giving two potential 1st round draft picks for Carson Palmer, now potential leaves our beloved franchise’s future in great risk.
    Al Davis was a gambler at times but he never risked the teams viability in such a manner as Hue Jackson and those currently running the franchise have just done. As the old saying goes, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” RIP Al Davis.

  22. tybme says: Oct 31, 2011 11:53 AM

    @tatum064

    You said “Same thing said when they traded for Rich Gannon…Yawn.”

    Considering they picked up Gannon as a free agent and didn’t trade for him I doubt they said the same thing.

    The faiders have screwed the pooch on their next decade by trading away their future. As much as I despised Al (RIP) he was no fool when it came to his teams future. The faiders have a year or two before they will move back into the basement. Great job by Hue – working to save his future instead of the teams.

    Oh and try to know a bit more about what you’re talking about tatum – faiders fans look stupid enough without opening their mouths like this.

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