Stanford defensive coach Chester McGlockton dead at 42

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There is stunning and heartbreaking news coming out of Palo Alto Wednesday afternoon, with Stanford announcing the passing of one of head coach David Shaw‘s assistant coaches.

In a release, the Cardinal announced that defensive assistant Chester McGlockton passed away overnight at the age of 42.  No cause of death was given.

“Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton,” Shaw said in a statement. “For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s wife Zina and their two  children.”

McGlockton, who played his college football at Clemson, was hired by Jim Harbaugh in 2010 and remained on Shaw’s staff when his former boss left for the San Francisco 49ers.  The release goes on to state that McGlockton was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992, McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders (1994, ’95, ’96 and ’97).

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to McGlockton’s family, friends and anyone else impacted by his passing.

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UPDATED 12:46 p.m. ET: McGlockton’s hometown newspaper, the Whiteville (NC) News Reporter, writes that the coach “was at home with his family in Calif. when he woke up short of breath then apparently suffered a massive heart attack.”