Former Fenwick football star passes away at 83

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(By Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune) Johnny Lattner Oct. 20, 2014.

Former Fenwick football star and Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame, Johnny Lattner, has passed away at the age of 83.

Saturday afternoon people commemorated Johnny Lattner at the Guglielmono Athletics Complex at Notre Dame, the Chicago Tribune informs. Visitors presented Lattner’s accomplishments, including the most coveted award in college football, the Heisman Trophy, which Lattner won in 1953.

His trophy was replaced with a replica, as the original bronze prize had been damaged during a fire in the restaurant that he owned in 1968. Four years before it happened, Lattner was credited with saving 25 people from the fire on the West Side.

The Fenwick High School graduate was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2014.  “You might die of anything,” said Peggy Lattner. “The bad news is that he has the disease.”

His daughter Maggie Skiver is keeping the original Heisman’s trophy today for safekeeping, according to Chicago Tribune.

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