The Assassin died of a heart attack in Oakland. 10TV had the initial report.
Tatum suffered from diabetes for years. He lost all five toes on his left foot, and his right leg was amputated.
The hard-nosed safety's autobiography was titled They Call Me Assassin. For the youngsters in the crowd, YouTube will get you up to speed regarding Tatum's substance, and his style. (And please wait to see Tatum's hit on Earl Campbell. Then stick around to see whether Sammie White's head was in his helmet while it was rolling around on the field.)
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Ohio State presents during the season a "Jack Tatum Hit of the Week" award.
Follow all the reaction from Silver and Black Pride (the Raiders SB Nation blog) as they remember one of their most beloved athletes.