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General view of the Pat Bowlen statue outside of Broncos Stadium at Mile High before the NFL regular season football game against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos on October 01, 2018, at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, CO. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Statement from Bowlen family on passing of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen

(Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died late Thursday night. He was 75.

In a statement released by the Broncos, the Bowlen family said:

“We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family. His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans.

“Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight.

“Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility.

“More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being.”

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