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Former Seahawks center Tofflemire dies at 46 of heart failure

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former Seattle Seahawks center Joe Tofflemire has died of heart failure, according to his brother Paul Tofflemire. He was 46.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Joe Tofflemire died Tuesday at a hospital in Coeur d'Alene after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls home.

Tofflemire was the Seahawks' second-round pick in the 1989 draft. His injury-plagued career lasted until 1995. His 33 appearances were concentrated mostly in 1990 and 1992.

Joe Tofflemire played in college at the University of Arizona, where his brother Paul followed, giving the Wildcats a Tofflemire starting at center for seven years.

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