The death of Al Davis earlier this month came as a bit of a surprise. His failing health wasn’t much of a secret -- he had been less in the public eye lately than ever before, and many figured it was because Davis wasn’t well -- but not many people outside the organization or his family knew he was as close to death as he was.
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But TMZ unveiled his death certificate, and it lists the three major causes of Davis’ demise.
Davis, according to the document, had congestive heart failure, ventricular fibrillation (a dangerously abnormal heart rhythm that he suffered only 15 minutes before his death), and cardiomyopathy (a heart muscle disease). He also had an aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma, and three days before he died, he underwent throat surgery.
Davis died at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 8 at the Oakland Airport Hilton -- where he lived for much of the football season -- at the age of 82.
After leg problems restricted him to using a walker, Davis said, "Disease is the one thing -- boy I tell you, it's tough to lick. It's tough to lick those diseases. I don't know why they can't."
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