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Legendary 49ers WR Dwight Clark Has Passed Away At 61

An interior view of the San Francisco 49ers stadium.

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: A general view before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)

There is some awful NFL news to report tonight. Legendary former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark has passed away.

Clark was 61. He had been stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's Disease for some time. He went public with his illness in March 2017.

Clark's wife Kelly announced the news of his passing on Twitter a short time ago.

I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark.

Clark is best known for his role in "The Catch," which propelled San Francisco to its first NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XVI. Clark was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the 49ers, winning Super Bowl XVI and XIX.

In nine seasons with San Francisco (1979-87), Clark was a two-time All-Pro selection and a two-time Pro Bowler. He led the NFL in receptions in 1982.

A 10th-round pick out of Clemson, Clark finished his career with 506 receptions, 6,750 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns. He arrived in San Francisco the same year as Joe Montana, and the two built a tremendous connection on the field and strong friendship off of it.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Clark's family and friends and the 49er organization.

Rest in peace, Dwight.