80-year-old Dye died in the hospice of kidney and liver failure, Lee County’s medical examiner Bill Harris confirmed to CNN.
“On behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone from across the country who has offered their support and admiration for Dad in the past few days,” Dye’s son Pat Dye Jr. said in a statement.
“Dad would be honored and humbled to know about this overwhelming reach. The world has lost a pretty good football coach and a great man. He was loved, he touched so many lives, and he will be missed by many, especially our family . “
Dye was born on November 6, 1
“I’ve never played with a football player bigger than Pat Dye,” said former Georgian teammate and Hall of Famer colleague Fran Tarkenton. “He was the ultimate team mate and I loved the guy.”
After his match days were over, he began his coaching career in Alabama in 1965. After stations in East Carolina and Wyoming, he became head coach in Auburn.
Dye coached the Tigers from 1981 to 1992 and was the school’s sports director from 1981 to 1991. Auburn had a 99-39-4 record with the team during his 12 seasons, and the Tigers won six bowl games under his watch.
He is bound for the second most common victories in school history.
Dye was named national coach of the year in 1983 and was three-time SEC coach of the year.
The pitch at Auburn’s Jordan Hare Stadium, which is considered the greatest football coach in school history, was named in his honor in 2005. Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
CNN’s David Close contributed to this report.