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Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul, 54, dies

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11/25/2020 6:01:42 PM
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Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, who was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, has died, ESPN reports. He was 54.

The cause of death was not announced.

"The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family," the Cowboys said in a statement. "He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star.

"His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him great respect and admiration from all our players and the entire organization. We offer our love and support to his family in this very difficult time. Our hearts are broken for his family and all of the individuals whose lives he touched and made better."

Paul was treated by Cowboys medical personnel and transported to a local hospital by ambulance shortly before 7:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday. Coach Mike McCarthy then told the players and staff about Paul's situation at an already-planned team meeting at 8:05 a.m. CT and that practice would be canceled.

Paul joined the Cowboys in 2018 as an assistant to Mike Woicik and was named the strength and conditioning coordinator upon McCarthy's arrival as coach.

"We extend our love, strength and support to Markus' family during this most challenging of times and ask that their privacy be respected moving forward," McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday. "Markus Paul was a leader in this building. He earned the players respect and attention because he cared so much and was a naturally gifted communicator -- both on the personal and professional levels. He handled every situation, sometimes with a smile and a pat on the back, and sometimes with tough love.

"He had innate toughness in a job that requires that quality, and he was admired throughout the NFL by his peers and the players he coached. It was a privilege to work with him as a coach and laugh with him as a friend. Markus did everything the right way."

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