Former Clemson great Dwight Clark passes

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Former wide receiver Dwight Clark is shown before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(WSPA) – Former Clemson and 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark has died after a battle with ALS.

He was 61.

Clark’s wife, Kelly, announced his passing Monday evening via Twitter.

“I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS,” Kelly Clark said via Twitter.

Clark was likely best known for a game-winning touchdown for the 49ers against the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game at the end of the 1981 season, a play known as “The Catch.”

At Clemson, he was part of the 1978 team that defeated Ohio State, snapping a long bowl victory drought for the program.

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