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Wife Of Former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland Passes Away At 41


Keisha Kirkland, a former weathercaster at WYFF in Greenville, S.C., and wife of former Steelers linebacker Levon Kirkland, has died of lung cancer. She was 41.

Kirkland, who did not smoke, was diagnosed shortly after she joined WYFF in 2008, according to the station. She continued to work at WYFF while undergoing treatment before finally signing off in May 2013. Here’s more from the station’s obituary:

Keisha, a native of Danville, Ky., attended the University of Louisville. During her senior year of chiropractic school at Life University, Keisha learned she had pituitary macro adenoma. After several brain surgeries, temporary paralysis, and a painstaking recovery, Keisha beat the diagnosis. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, graduating with honors in 2000.

Keisha’s husband is former Clemson star and NFL All-Pro linebacker Levon Kirkland. When Keisha was diagnosed, their daughter, Kennedy, was 5.

Thoughts and prayers to the Kirkland family.


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. Jim Seymour

    October 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Sorry to hear about your lose Mr.Kirkland my heart and my prayers go out to your family and to you .

  2. John Morano

    October 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    As a lifelong steeler fan and a 1998 graduate of Life chiropractic I’m deeply sorry for the Kirkland family. Levon Kirkland gave me a break from my studies all through the 90s while I was attending chiropractic school. I don’t like the clichéd saying of ‘my thoughts and prayers will be with you’ however I will be in church this Sunday snd will light a candle in her honor. In the honor of the Kirkland family. And in the honor of Chiropractic.

  3. John Morano

    October 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    That cliche wasn’t a dig on the prior comments by any means. It’s just something I see on Facebook from many people who I know won’t be praying. It’s in no way to demean Mr. Seymour’s comment and I’m glad he will be praying as well.

  4. jerry. pellegrino

    October 31, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Sorry to hear that…r.i.p Keisha Kirkland

  5. Mark Satterly

    October 31, 2013 at 4:07 am

    As a Danville native and a Steelers fan since 1979, I want to pass on my deepest condolences to both the Kirkland and Tillman family on the loss of Keisha..I always enjoyed watching her do the weather on WKYT for the short time she was there in Lexington Ky.

  6. James F. Bott

    October 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Be strong for her. She is with God now and is watching over all of you every minute you walk the earth.

  7. Mrs. E.M. Burris

    November 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Will keep you and your family in prayer. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Mrs. E.M. Burris

    November 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

    will keep you in our prayers.

  9. Mrs. Barbara Murphy

    November 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    We were so saddened when we heard of her passing. We feel like we loss a family member. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  10. Benita Burris Brooks

    November 12, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I so sorry to hear of your wife passing. May God continue to give you and your daughter strenght each day. You and your family will be in my prayers.


  11. Dave Ralls

    January 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Coach….I helped escort you and the FAMU football team back on 9-21-2013, to play the Buckeyes. You were too kind to take pictures with me. As a long time Steeler fan, and follower, I am offering my deepest condolences to you and your daughter for the lost of your wife. It is obvious to me, that a man of your character has, and will allow the almighty Father to see you through this. Stay strong Coach!

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