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by Paul on 09/17/10 at 12:32 PM ET
Numerous reports state Pat Burns has passed away.
added 12:01pm, Fan590 says the son of Pat Burns has told a few media outlets within the last half hour that Pat Burns had not yet passed. I will update again when something official comes about.
added 11:51am, Note, TSN has removed the link. There are conflicting reports now, hopefully everyone will be on the same page.
added 11:40am, from TSN,
Former NHL head coach Pat Burns passed away early Friday morning after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was 58 years old.
Burns, who was a special assignment coach and scout with the New Jersey Devils, had been fighting the disease for over two years. It was his third battle with cancer, after first being diagnosed with colon cancer back in the 2003-04 NHL season, followed by liver cancer in 2005.
Burns elected to undergo chemotherapy in his first two bouts with the disease but chose not to do so for the lung cancer. In January of 2009, he told La Presse newspaper that he was going to try other methods to battle the disease.
Watch a video below as Pat Burns talked about a local rink being named for him.
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