Legendary football player and civil rights activist Jim Brown has died at the age of 87, his wife Monique announced on Instagram.
According to the post, Brown passed away on Thursday, May 18, in Los Angeles.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown,” Monique said. “He passed peacefully last night at our LA home. To the world he was an activist, actor, and football star. To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.”
Members of the sports world took to social media to express their condolences and share memories of one of the greatest running backs to ever play football.
Rest in peace, JIM BROWN. THE greatest ever. ️ pic.twitter.com/IkBN3wMKB5
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) May 19, 2023
An absolute legend.
Rest in Peace Jim Brown.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 19, 2023
RIP to the legend Jim Brown
It was cool as hell seeing him in the hallways and having conversations with him during my season in Cleveland!
A leader and difference maker on and off the field! pic.twitter.com/flxT28vyYY
— Jason McCourty (@JasonMcCourty) May 19, 2023
You can't underestimate the impact #JimBrown had on the @NFL. He will be greatly missed.
Additionally, his generosity and friendship with my family is a gift that we will always treasure.
Our thoughts & prayers are with the Brown Family & @Browns fans at this time. https://t.co/6KbzGhQwoL pic.twitter.com/mTObQPXsnO
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) May 19, 2023
Rest in peace to pioneer, activist and hall of famer, Jim Brown pic.twitter.com/gpaptc5so4
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 19, 2023
Jim Brown Forever
Legend. Leader. Activist. Visionary.
It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy. We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he… pic.twitter.com/F2rrTUnsc1
Just learning of the LEGENDARY Mr. Jim Brown’s passing. It was an honor to meet and speak with him over the years. His comments regarding my career are the only forms of validation that ever really mattered to me. 32 is THE GREATEST to EVER TOTE THE Rest in Heaven JB!
— Fred Taylor (@FredTaylorMade) May 19, 2023
"The greatest football player that's ever played. Regardless of era. Regardless of position."
We will always remember the great Jim Brown on and off the field. pic.twitter.com/9rwZHWFeO9
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 19, 2023
Brown was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 1957 draft and carried the ball 2,359 times for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns during his nine-season career in the NFL. Among his wide array of accomplishments, Brown led Cleveland to the NFL Championship in 1964 and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
After retiring at 30, Brown turned his attention to acting and being a pioneer during the Civil Rights Movement.