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Rick Majerus gave his heart and help

Originally Published: December 1, 2012
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

They say Rick Majerus died of heart failure. They're wrong.

The Rick Majerus I knew was all heart. His life, all 64 years of it, was a breadcrumb trail of random acts of kindness. I'm not sure I can recall a conversation with him that didn't begin or end with, "How can I help?"

OK, maybe there was one: about a week or so ago, when we did the speakerphone thing. Me in Wheaton, Ill., him in his Los Angeles hospital room.

He wasn't able to speak much above a ...

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