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(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — Former University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith has died. He was 83 years old.

“Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement released on Sunday.

According to a UNC press release, Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels for 36 seasons and retired with the best Division I men’s college basketball coaching record in history – 879-254.


Sad news to report: former UNC head coach Dean Smith passed away on Saturday night at age 83. http://t.co/FwokJKkPVR pic.twitter.com/zXaFYlnuIe

— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) February 8, 2015



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