FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots on Tuesday confirmed the death of former defensive tackle Houston Antwine, who died of heart failure just hours before his wife succumbed to lung cancer.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots on Tuesday confirmed the death of former defensive tackle Houston Antwine, who died of heart failure just hours before his wife succumbed to lung cancer.

Antwine, a six-time American Football League (AFL) All-Star with the Boston Patriots, died Monday at age 72.

Evelyn Antwine lost her battle with cancer Tuesday morning, according to the team.