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Judy Coughlin, wife of former Jaguars head coach, dies of brain disease

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Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and executive Tom Coughlin with his wife, Judy.

Judy Coughlin, wife of former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, died Wednesday of an incurable brain disease.

Coughlin revealed last year that his wife had been diagnosed with progressive supra-nuclear palsy.

The rare disorder causes cells to deteriorate in the parts of the brain that control body movements and thinking. It typically affects people in their late 60s and 70s; the cause is unknown.

“Judy was a remarkable woman in every way. She lived a life filled with love and unselfishly gave her heart and soul to others,” the Coughlin family said in a statement, reported by WJCT News partner News4Jax. “Judy made you feel like an old friend from the first hug to the last. She was a mother to all on and off the field.”

Judy Coughlin was 77.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.