According to a report from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, former NFL running back Mosi Tatupu passed away on Tuesday in Massachusetts. He was 54 years old.
Tatupu, the father of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, played 14 years in the league, mostly as a fullback and special teams player, including 13 years with New England and his final season with the Los Angeles Rams. Mosi Tatupu finished with 2,415 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The cause of death was unknown Tuesday, but according to a family friend, Tatupu suffered from high blood pressure and other ailments.
“He had some health issues,” Barry Markowitz, a family friend who was told of the death by Tatupu’s ex-wife, Linnea, said in the Star-Bulletin.
Mosi Tatupu served as the running backs at Division III Curry College in Milton, Mass.