Alabama supporter Walt Gary, the subject of an ESPN feature last year on college football superfans, passed away this week at the age of 36. He was a staple in Alabama’s locker room the past decade.
Gary, who was born with Down syndrome, met with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban each Thursday to give him his prediction on how the team would fare on Saturday.
Gary reportedly died after being in a coma. He also reportedly had bleeding in his brain before he passed.
Saban issued a statement after hearing of Gary’s death.
“Walt Gary was a special part of the Alabama football program and our hearts are broken by the news of his passing. He was beloved by everyone on our team, in our athletic department and throughout the Alabama family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Walt’s family, friends, and everyone who knew and loved Walt as much as we did. The Thursday night radio show won’t be the same without hearing his game prediction and seeing his infectious personality. Walt will truly be missed.”
Thursdays will never be the same.
Rest In Peace, Walt. pic.twitter.com/ipjxgkrnEn
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) June 7, 2019
Here’s the ESPN feature done on Gary last November.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family and friends.