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Steeler Nation, Pittsburgh Reacts Following The Passing Of Tunch Ilkin

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- As the news of Tunch Ilkin's passing made waves through the sports world, Steeler Nation shared several messages with kind words and condolences about the former player and broadcaster.

Ilkin died on Saturday morning following a battle with ALS. 

The city lost a giant this weekend. We lost our friend. Tunch Ilkin was love incarnate - love unconditional. He believed...

Posted by Light of Life Rescue Mission on Saturday, September 4, 2021

Steelers defensive end Cam Hayward shared a message on Instagram, saying "we lost a heck of a person but God gained an unbelievable angel."

Former Steelers players Brett Keisel and Ramon Foster were also among those to wish condolences and share messages.

Charlie Batch shared a photo of himself along with Tunch Ilkin and Bill Hillgrove, saying that it was an honor to share the booth with him last year for two games.

"A great player but a better person," said Rod Woodson on Twitter.

Current Steelers lineman Zach Banner posted on Twitter, saying "Rest in love."

On Saturday afternoon, the Steelers released a statement, saying "We are heartbroken by the passing of Tunch Ilkin" as well as noting is faith and his passion for football, wishing condolences to his family.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald called it "a sad day for Pittsburgh," noting Ilkin's work with the Light of Life mission and his work helping the homeless.

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin tweeted that the loss of Ilkin was the loss of "an incredible man."

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was among those paying his respects to Tunch, saying, "May we all live a life as fulfilling as Tunch."

On Instagram, Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said that he's a better person because of Tunch.

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