- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Cowboys running back Ron Springs died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 54.
Springs had been in a coma after going into cardiac arrest in October 2007 during an operation to have a cyst removed from an elbow.
The latter years of Springs life were punctuated when his former Cowboys’ teammate and best friend Everson Walls donated his kidney. The two started a foundation called the Gift For Life that touched the lives of many people and even wrote a book, Gift for Ron about their experience. The book was written by ESPN's Kevin Blackistone.
“I got text from a woman who donated a kidney because of our story,” Walls said Thursday night in confirming Springs' death. “There are a lot of people connected to this, sometimes you just don’t realize it. Ron touched a lot of people’s lives.”
For more on Springs' passing, click here.