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Detroit Lions Beat Writer Tom Kowalski Dies

Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions beat writer died this morning. Kowalski was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, where he was pronounced dead. Kowalski was just 51-years-old.

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Better known as "Killer" to die-hard Lions fans, Kowalski is as entrenched in Lions history as any of the franchise's great players. He began covering the Lions in the early 1980s and had been with Booth Newspapers since 1997. He was also a regular on 1130 WDFN.

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Shocking and sad can't sufficiently explain the news of Kowalski's sudden death. Kowalski was the most prominent Lions beat writer -- by far -- and there are several very good reporters on the Lions' beat. I didn't know Kowalski personally, but reading him your entire life can make it feel like you did know him.

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If you've read this site, you'll find Kowalski linked in the majority of our Lions articles and that's because he was constantly giving fans like us something to talk about (so much, it's eerily fitting his last story was posted the same morning of his death). If Killer didn't report it, you may never find out. The Lions family lost a great one.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to Kowalski's fiancee, his family, and friends.