Russ Francis, who played tight end for the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, has died in a plane crash. He was 70 years old.
The NFL world is mourning the loss of Russ Francis. The former San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots tight end has died in a plane crash at Lake Placid airport. On board with him was former US Air Force commander Richard McSpadden, who also died.
Shortly after take-off, the plane hit turbulence and crashed. The exact cause of the crash is still unclear.
Francis played in the NFL between 1975 and 1989, retiring for the 1981 season. He won the Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1985, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in three seasons overall. He amassed a total of 40 touchdowns and 5262 receiving yards.
The Patriots also dedicated a post to Francis on their social media channels, expressing condolences to the family members.
We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of former New England Patriots tight end Russ Francis. Our condolences are extended to Francis’ family and friends. pic.twitter.com/sgrrPZ5Ui4
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 2, 2023