Former LSU coach Paul Dietzel dies

Updated: September 24, 2013, 9:50 PM ET
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NEW ORLEANS -- Paul Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship, died early Tuesday. He was 89.

Dietzel died after a brief illness, said LSU sports spokesman Kent Lowe. He did not provide any other details.

The family posted a noticed online saying Dietzel died 19 days after his 89th birthday and one day before the 69th anniversary of his wedding to Anne Dietzel.

"Coach died peacefully and is at his heavenly home," the notice said.

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