Former Steelers G Long dead at 45

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long, who was indicted on federal fraud and arson charges three months ago, died at UPMC Passavant Hospital on Tuesday. He was 45.

Cause of death was not disclosed.

Long was the Steelers’ starting right guard from 1984-91. He was suspended for violating the NFL’s steroids policy in his last year with Pittsburgh.

Steelers president Art Rooney II issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“The entire Steelers organization is saddened by the unexpected death of Terry Long. Terry was a very good player and extremely hard worker throughout his playing career. He will be missed by his former teammates and co-workers who enjoyed his camaraderie as part of the Steeler family.”

In March, Long was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he fraudulently obtained loans for a chicken-processing plant which prosecutors claimed he burned to the ground for insurance money.

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Updated Wednesday, Jun 8, 2005