Judy Coughlin, the wife of former coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, has died aged 77. She had been suffering from a rare and incurable brain disease called progressive supranuclear palsy.

Coughlin, along with his family, released a statement announcing his wife’s death: “Judy was a remarkable woman in every way,” the statement read. “She lived a life filled with love and unselfishly gave her heart and soul to others. Judy made you feel like an old friend from the first hug to the last.”

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“She was mother to all on and off the field. For everyone who knew and loved Judy, the enormity of her absence cannot be put into words, but the immense kindness she showed to others will always endure. Our hearts are broken, but we know she is free from suffering and at peace with our Lord.”

Who was Judy Coughlin?

Judy Coughlin, whose full name was Judy Whitaker Coughlin, was the wife of former head coach of the New York Giants, Thomas Coughlin. The couple lived in Florida.

Judy was 77 at the time of her death. She married Tom in 1967. The couple had four children together- daughters Keli and Katie and sons Brian and Tim, besides a total of 11 grandchildren.

Keli, the couple’s eldest child, is the Jay Fund’s chief executive officer. This fund was created by Coughlin to help families that have a child suffering from cancer.

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Katie is the wife of Chris Snee, a former Giants player. 

In 2021, the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach had revealed that his wife was suffering from the aforementioned rare disease. She had been in hospice care in Atlantic Beach, which is a few miles southwards of Jacksonville.

When Tom Coughlin first spoke of the disease that was plaguing his wife, he said that it had left her without the ability to speak or move. The disease had been haunting her for more than four years.