Brad William Henke, NFL defensive lineman and actor, dies at age 56

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Brad William Henke, who played for the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and then rose to fame as an actor, has passed away at the age of 56.

Henke had been open about his health issues, posting on social media that he had been diagnosed with a 90 percent blockage in an artery, had stents placed in his heart, and had a golf ball-sized tumor coming from his pancreas deleted. Henke died peacefully in his home.

After starring as a defensive end in Arizona, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Henke was selected by the Giants in the fourth round of the 1989 NFL draft. He didn’t make the Giants’ roster, but the Broncos picked him up that year and he played in all three postseason games for them that season, including the Broncos’ Super Bowl loss to the 49ers.

Ankle injuries derailed Henke’s football career, but he went on to have a long acting career, appearing in dozens of TV shows and movies. He shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award with his fellow cast members Orange is the new blackwhere he played a prison guard.

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