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Kaye Cowher; Wife of Bill Cowher, Passes Away From Cancer at 54

Thoughts and prayers to the Cowher family as well as to Bill and his daughters for the unfortunate and tragic passing of his wife Kaye. The following from the Post Gazette about her passing Friday:

Kaye Cowher, the wife of former Steelers football coach Bill Cowher, died today in her native North Carolina after losing a battle with skin cancer. She was 54.

The Cowhers moved to Raleigh, N.C., during Mr. Cowher’s final season coaching the Steelers, 2006, and continued to make it their home. Mr. Cowher resigned after the 2006 season, his 15th as Steelers head coach.

The Cowhers met when they were classmates at North Carolina State University in 1976. Mr. Cowher was on the football team and Mrs. Cowher, the former Kaye Young, and her twin sister, Faye, played basketball on full scholarships.

The Cowhers have three daughters, Megan, Lauren, and Lindsay, all of whom have been standout basketball players. The oldest two, Meagan and Lauren, played together at Princeton University.

The family has requested privacy and has released no information on Mrs. Cowher’s death. Services will be held in North Carolina on Monday.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. EJ Powers

    July 24, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I am a long time Raven fan who just read the news of Mrs. Cowher’s passing. I had not heard she about her illness. Cancer is a terrible disease that touches us all in many ways. I pray someone, somehow can find a cure for this.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family today as they mourn a loving wife and Mother. Requiescat in pace.

  2. jay

    July 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Thank you, EJ. I am praying for the family as well. This news is shocking and makes me very sad. I say that ALL of us bloggers on this site convene here at Steelers gab at around 7:00 tonight to pray for her. I’m not exactly sure how that would be done since this is not instant messaging but maybe we can post prayers and stuff. See you all (hopefully) at 7:00.

  3. mark

    July 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    An absolutely shocking and sad story. God bless Kaye Cowher and the entire Cowher family. It is very obvious to us fans that family was extremely important to Bill Cowher, as his feelings were the main focus of his decision making. I hope he finds some comfort in this tragedy by knowing that his fan base is praying for him and his entire family in this time of sadness. I am with you Jay, I may not be near my computer at 7, but just know that my heart and prayers are with all who are trying to send a message of love and support for the Cowher family.

  4. Jared

    July 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    My prayers and deepest reguards go out to the Cowher family. Mrs. Cowher is in a better place. She now walks beside our Lord and will always look over your family.

  5. jay

    July 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t know if Bill reads these but I would like to let him know how much of an inspirational person he was as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seeing shots on TV of his wife in the press booth cheering with their daughters always made me see them as a model family; something to aspire towards. I know, as a Christian, that she is in a better place and I pray, Bill, that you fall back on your faith and family for strength. My family and I will pray for you and your family and I believe all of Steeler nation not only will as well but undoubtedly mourns this untimely loss. We love you the way you loved us and the organization and our hearts and prayers are with you always.

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