Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel dies at age 71 after heart attack

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Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel dies at age 71 after heart attack

  • Jim Fassel, 71, died Monday night after suffering a heart attack under sedation
  • He coached the New York Giants to the Super Bowl in 2000, but lost the game
  • Son John Fassel confirmed the news and said the family had gathered in Las Vegas

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 71.

He had chest pains during the day and was taken to the hospital in Las Vegas by a friend. He later died of a heart attack while under anesthesia, his family said.

Son and soccer coach John Fassel confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times Monday, saying the family had gathered in Las Vegas.

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel died Monday of a heart attack at age 71 (pictured, during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2003)

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel died Monday of a heart attack at age 71 (pictured, during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2003)

The former NFL coach died of a heart attack on Monday, his son John Fassel has confirmed

The former NFL coach died of a heart attack on Monday, his son John Fassel has confirmed

Fassel coached the Giants from 1997-2003 and led the team to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season. The Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7.

He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1997, his first season as head coach of the Giants.

He left football in 2012 after coaching the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives for four years.

Fassel coached the Giants from 1997-2003 and led the team to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season.  The Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7 (pictured, before the 2001 game)

Fassel coached the Giants from 1997-2003 and led the team to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season. The Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7 (pictured, before the 2001 game)

He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1997, his first season as head coach of the Giants (pictured as coach of the Giants in August 2001)

He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1997, his first season as head coach of the Giants (pictured as coach of the Giants in August 2001)

Fassel played college football for a short career in NFL and Canadian football.

He has represented the San Diego Chargers, the Houston Oilers, the Toronto Argonauts and the Hawaiians of the World Football League.

He was also a member of the coaching staff of Denver, Oakland, Arizona and Baltimore, as well as head coach at the University of Utah.

Jim Fassel led the New York Giants to win the NFC Championship Trophy, beating the Minnesota Vikings in the championship game in January 2001 (pictured with the trophy attached)

Jim Fassel led the New York Giants to win the NFC Championship Trophy, beating the Minnesota Vikings in the championship game in January 2001 (pictured with the trophy attached)

Jim Fassel was the senior consultant and strike coach for the th (photo talking to quarterback Eli Manning after a game in 2004)

Jim Fassel was the head coach of the New York Giants from 1997 to 2003 (pictured talking to quarterback Eli Manning after a game in 2004)

He was also a member of the coaching staff in Denver, Oakland, Arizona and Baltimore, as well as head coach at the University of Utah during his career (pictured before a 2002 New York Giants game)

He was also a member of the coaching staff in Denver, Oakland, Arizona and Baltimore, as well as head coach at the University of Utah during his career (pictured before a 2002 New York Giants game)

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