Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State Red Wolves football coach Blake Anderson, died Monday after a two-year fight with breast cancer. She was 49.
Blake Anderson made the announcement on Twitter, saying his wife died after the school announced he would take a leave of absence to be by her side.
“She passed as peacefully & gracefully as you could ever hope,” he said.
Earlier Monday, the school’s library was lit up pink in Wendy Anderson’s honor.
Tributes, including from Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., began to pour in after Wendy’s death was announced.
Arkansas State assistant head coach and defensive coordinator David Duggan will serve as interim head coach while Blake Anderson is out.
Anderson is 39-25 in five seasons at Arkansas State. The Red Wolves begin the season Aug. 31 against SMU.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.