Golden Richards: Cause of death, age, wife, children, net worth, illness

Golden Richards

Golden Richards: Cause of death, age, wife, children, net worth, illness.

Golden Richards was an American professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He played college football for the BYU Cougars and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

Early life

Born John Golden Richards on December 31, 1950 in Utah and attended Granite High School, where he excelled in football, basketball, and track & field.

He was recruited by several universities and chose to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) due to the influence of his church bishop.

While at BYU, Richards set multiple records and received All-WAC honors. He transferred to the University of Hawaii for his senior season and had a successful season before injuring his knee.

Golden Richards
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Professional career

In 1973, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Richards as the 46th overall pick. He played mostly on special teams during his rookie season, but in the NFC Championship game, he returned a punt for a touchdown.

Richards became the starter at wide receiver in 1974 and had his best statistical year with 26 receptions for 467 yards and five touchdowns. He played with the Cowboys for four seasons before being traded to the Chicago Bears in 1978.

Richards suffered a knee injury in 1979 and was placed on the injured reserve list, and later signed with the Denver Broncos in 1980, but retired without playing a regular season game for the Broncos.

Golden Richards cause of death

Golden Richards cause of death

Golden Richards died from congestive heart failure on February 23, 2024, at the age of 73.

Richards’ nephew, Lance Richards, confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

“My uncle Golden passed away peacefully this morning,” Lance Richards wrote. “I will forever remember going hunting and talking Dallas Cowboy football. He was a kind and sweet soul and I’m so happy he’s not suffering anymore.”

Golden Richards wife

Richards was married and divorced three times and is survived by two sons and a two-year-old grandson.

Golden Richards children

Golden Richards had two sons named Goldie Jr. and Jordan123. He was known to be a devoted father whose life revolved around his children.

Golden Richards net worth

Golden Richards had a net worth estimated at $1 to $5 million.

Golden Richards illness

Golden Richards, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver, had been battling health issues for years.

Deseret News reported that Richards suffered congestive heart failure after battling health and drug abuse issues for years.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.

Doug Richards told the outlet that his brother had undergone four surgeries after he fell and broke his hip on Christmas Day in 2022.

He passed away peacefully on February 23, 2024, at his home in Murray. He was 73. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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