PHOENIX (AP) - Kwamie Lassiter, the former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in the Cardinals' season-ending victory that clinched a playoff berth in 1998, died Sunday. He was 49.
The Cardinals announced Lassiter's death without providing details. Arizona Sports, the website of the team's flagship radio station, said Lassiter had a heart attack while working out.
Statement from team president Michael Bidwill on the passing of Kwamie Lassiter. pic.twitter.com/PypTWtwQ0o— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 7, 2019
"We were all devastated to learn of Kwamie's passing today and our hearts go out to all of his family and friends," Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "Kwamie came to the Cardinals, as an undrafted rookie free agent. He not only became a key contributor to our team for eight seasons but continued to make an impact on this community after his playing days ended. He will be missed greatly."
My heart goes out to the family of Kwamie Lassiter. He was a marvelous human being, inspiring so many people in our community in so many ways with his soul and compassion. He will be deeply missed by everyone. Rest in peace, my friend.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 7, 2019
My heart and prayers goes out the @KwamieLassiter and family. May God peace cover you all during this time.🙏🏾🙏🏾— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) January 7, 2019
What is a True Team without Great teammates? Lost a Gr8. teammate Pat Tillman years ago & can’t believe we lost another Gr8. teammate Kwamie Lassiter today!RIP! pic.twitter.com/zTu3vPps4i— Aeneas Williams (@aeneas35) January 7, 2019
Heartbreaking news. Kwamie was such a good dude with an infectious personality. One of the faces of the franchise early 2000’s. We always laughed about when we hosted the Big Red Rage radio show at a corner table at Jilly’s, and people would stare & wonder what we were doing.#RIP https://t.co/BBeyIpAmTW— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) January 7, 2019
Love you, Kwamie...thoughts and prayers to the family. https://t.co/14Yhe1xX7C— Ron Wolfley (@wolf987FM) January 7, 2019
Lassiter had had eight interceptions in 1998, the last four against San Diego to help the Cardinals reach the playoffs for the first time since moving to Arizona. The former Kansas player had nine interceptions in 2001 and was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl.
After eight seasons with the Cardinals, Lassister played for San Diego in 2003 and St. Louis in 2004. He had 25 career interceptions, 25 with the Cardinals, returning two for touchdowns.
Lassister starred at Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia, and played two years at Butler County Community College in Kansas before transferring to Kansas, where he played from 1992 to 1994.