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Brad William Henke, NFL defensive lineman and actor, dies at 56


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Brad William Henke, who played for the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV after which found greater fame as an actor, has died on the age of 56.

Henke had been open about his health struggles, posting on social media that he had been diagnosed with a 90 percent blockage in an artery, had received stents in his heart, and had a golf ball-sized tumor faraway from his pancreas. Henke died peacefully in his home.

After starring as a defensive end at Arizona, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Henke was chosen by the Giants within the fourth round of the 1989 NFL draft. He didn’t make the Giants’ roster, however the Broncos picked him up that yr and he played in all three postseason games for them that season, including the Broncos’ Super Bowl loss to the 49ers.

Ankle injuries derailed Henke’s football profession, but he then had an extended profession in acting, appearing in dozens of TV shows and flicks. He shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award together with his fellow solid members on Orange is the Recent Black, where he played a jail guard.

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