SAN FRANCISCO (KGTV) -- Dwight Clark, the former San Francisco 49ers star best known for ‘The Catch’ during the 1982 NFC Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys died Monday at the age of 61.
According to ESPN, Clark announced in March of 2016 that he had been diagnosed with ALS.
Clark, who was a wide receiver, played for the team from 1979 to 1987.
He caught the winning touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Joe Montana in the conference title game in January of 1982 against the Cowboys.
The announcement was made on Twitter Monday evening.
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.
— Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) June 4, 2018