The Patriots confirmed the death of DT Houston Antwine on Tuesday. Antwine, who died on Monday night at the age of 72, was a six-time AFL all star.
Antwine's wife, Evelyn, also passed away on Tuesday morning.
"For those of us who grew up watching the Boston Patriots, this is a really sad day," said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. "In the 1960s, the defensive tackle tandem of 'Twine' and Jim Lee Hunt were as good as any in the league and helped propel the Patriots to the franchise's first division championship in 1963. Myra and I had the good fortune of hosting Houston and his wife, Evelyn, at my home just two years ago when we honored the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team. I loved hearing Houston's stories about those early days in Boston. It was such a thrill for me, personally, to spend time with the players from that era. I am saddened to learn of the deaths of both Houston and Evelyn and want to express my deepest sympathies to the Antwine's daughter, Regina, and all who mourn her losses. Let us all cherish life and remind loved ones how we feel about them daily."
Antwine is a member of the Patriots 1960's All-Decade team and was named to the all-time All-AFL team. He recorded 39 sacks in 142 regular-season games for the Patriots.