Mosi Tatupu, a former running back for the New England Patriots, has died, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The cause of death was not known.
The report said that Tutupu, 54, suffered from high blood pressure and "other ailments."
After playing for the University of Southern California, Tatupu was selected by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 draft. In 13 seasons with New England, Tatupu rushed for 2,415 yards and scored 18 rushing touchdowns and two more through the air. He finished his career in 1991 after appearing in five games for the Los Angeles Rams.
Since retiring, he has coached at the high school and college levels in Massachusetts.
Tatupu is survived by, among others, his son, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu.
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