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Birth Father of Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

The Steelers confirmed head coach Mike Tomlin's father, Ed Tomlin, passed away at age 63, the victim of an apparent heart attack.

Several reports, including this one from the Post Gazette in July of 2007, indicated Mike Tomlin was raised by his mother, and barely knew his birth father at all. The article refers to Leslie Copeland, his step father, as the only dad he ever knew.

Ed Tomlin was the head of the Ocala, Fla., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 2003-06. He resigned the position in 2006 citing health reasons.

Ed Tomlin played for what is now Hampton University and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1968. He played eight games in the Canadian Football League that season.

No statement has been released from the Steelers on the issue, and no word has come from Mike Tomlin. If nothing else, we wish he and his family peace during this tough time.