John Coughlin, the brother of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, died on Monday night following a freak accident. The 63-year-old attended New York’s game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. When he was exiting a taxi outside his home after leaving Met Life Stadium, he fell and hit his head. Larry Remmen, a friend of Coughlin’s who was standing with him at the game, said the fall led to a brian injury.
“As a result of the fall, he had a brain hemorrhage,” Remmen explained, via the NY Daily News. “It was just a freak thing that happened.”
Coughlin was rushed to the hospital on Sunday night and died the following evening. Tom, 67, is planning to coach his team against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday after losing his only brother.
“Our family is thankful for the expressions of sympathy and prayers for our brother John’s passing,” the Giants coach said in a statement. “We all appreciate them. John was a friend to all. He loved life, and he will be greatly missed. He left us way too soon.”
Any death in the family is difficult to deal with, but one that happens so suddenly and tragically reminds us of how fragile life can be. Our thoughts are with Coughlin and his family during this incredibly difficult time.