Eric Risberg / APIn this Nov. 18, 1984, file photo, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Fred Dean (74) brings down Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Steve DeBerg (17) for a loss during the first half of their NFL game at Candlestick Park, in San Francisco. Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty, has died. He was 68. (Eric Risberg / AP)
Fred Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty, has died. He was 68.
His death on Wednesday night was confirmed Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Dean was hospitalized last week with the coronavirus and was on a ventilator and in intensive care, according to former teammate Dwight Hicks.
Dean was an undersized pass rusher who began his career as a second-round pick with the San Diego Chargers