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Who is Jim Fassel's son? Wife and family as former New York Giants head coach dies

Joshua Rogers June 8, 2021
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Who is Jim Fassel’s son? Wife Kitty Fassel and extended family of former New York Giants head coach revealed after tragic death.

RIP: Jim Fassel’s death and cause

Jim Fassel – former New York Giants head coach – has died aged 71.

ESPN reports Fassel died of a heart attack while under sedation after being taken to a local hospital with chest pains.

He coached the Giants from 1997 to 2003 and was named the NFL’s Coach Of The Year in 1997.

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Who is Jim Fassel’s son?

Jim Fassel’s son, John, confirmed the sad news to the Los Angeles Times on Monday night.

John Fassel said he received a phone call Monday afternoon with the tragic news.

John is special teams co-ordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, and was previously special teams co-ordinator and interim head coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

He has also spent time as a special teams coach for the Ravens and Raiders.

John Fassel has two daughters, Lilah and Avery, with wife Elizabeth. Lilah and Avery are therefore Jim Fassel’s grandchildren.

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Jim Fassel’s wife, Kitty Fassel

Jim was married to Kitty Fassel from 1971 to 2006.

They separated in 2006 but later reconciled and remarried.

Also, it’s not known whether they divorced each other in 2006 or Kitty died that year.

The couple reportedly had three children together, including John Fassel.

The eldest son, John, however, was put up for adoption three days after his birth due to the fact they were unmarried at the time.

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Jim Fassel’s other children

As well as John Fassel, John had four other children, although little is known about them.

The names of two are Brian, and John Mathieson.

Nothing is known of Brian but John Mathieson reportedly spent several decades away from John and Kitty after being put up for adoption in 1969.

In 2003, the Fassels finally reunited with John Mathieson, who at the time was living at his adoptive parents’ house — Tom and Dorothy Rogers.

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“For John, Kitty and myself, we have lived with an unanswerable question for all these years. If someone had granted us one wish in the world, it would always have been to be together and to know things were OK. Instead you carry this question around with you and you never know how it will come out. So to have a day like today, it is a miracle,” Jim said at the time.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.