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Hall of Fame lineman Olsen dies

Updated: March 11, 2010, 7:21 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SALT LAKE CITY -- Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman and member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" who followed up football with a successful television career in "Little House on the Prairie," NFL broadcasts and commercials, has died. He was 69.

Utah State, Olsen's alma mater, said he died outside of Los Angeles early Thursday after battling cancer. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining, last year.

"He was ferocious and fearless ...

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