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Former Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham dies at 72

 Kansas City Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham watches the video replay of a missed 44-yard field goal attempt by Chiefs kicker Pete Stoyanovich in the final seconds of the fourth quarter Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Oakland Raiders won 41-38 in overtime, keeping the Chiefs out of post-season play. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)
Kansas City Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham watches the video replay of a missed 44-yard field goal attempt by Chiefs kicker Pete Stoyanovich in the final seconds of the fourth quarter Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Oakland Raiders won 41-38 in overtime, keeping the Chiefs out of post-season play. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa) (WIBW)
Published: May. 13, 2019 at 10:59 AM CDT
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Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham passed away over the weekend. He was 72.

A longtime coach, Cunningham served as defensive coordinator for four seasons under then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer before taking the reins himself in 1999.

Cunningham led the Chiefs for two seasons, posting a 16-16 record, before he was fired. After a stint with the Titans, Cunningham returned to Arrowhead Stadium in 2004 for five more seasons leading the defense.

Cunningham then went to Detroit, where he was hired as the Lions' defensive coordinator and later became a senior coaching assistant, before wrapping up his 34-year NFL coaching career in 2016.

On Monday, the Lions issued a statement saying Cunningham

The Detroit Free Press

Cunningham, who was born in Munich, Germany, just after WWII, had recently been battling cancer.

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