Former NFL Official Carl Madsen, 60, Dies Suddenly

Mr. Madsen, who joined the NFL in 1970 and spent more than 40 years on the league’s officiating staff, was returning from a Chiefs-Titans game in Tennessee when he went into cardiac arrest. He…

Former NFL Official Carl Madsen, 60, Dies Suddenly

Mr. Madsen, who joined the NFL in 1970 and spent more than 40 years on the league’s officiating staff, was returning from a Chiefs-Titans game in Tennessee when he went into cardiac arrest. He was 40 years old.

Madsen made more than 1,000 games over his distinguished career. A special assignment official, Madsen was familiar with many of the league’s lesser-known teams, including the Browns, who have been relocating to Los Angeles under new ownership.

“As we mourn the loss of one of our own, we also keep our thoughts and prayers with [Madsen’s] family,” said Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating. “We at the NFL are grateful for his service. There have not been many people in our game that have had the impact on the game that Carl has. He was a consummate professional.”

The NFL will hold a moment of silence for Madsen before all of its games, including Thursday night’s game between the Jets and the Patriots in which Mr. Madsen officiated the first half. Mr. Madsen will be buried at Lake Forest Cemetery in Orange County.

“Carl was well liked by all his peers,” said longtime NFL officiating executive Phil Luckett. “He had a kind word for everyone. He certainly made the field and the audience feel more comfortable.”

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