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Former Miami Dolphins star Jim Kiick dies at 73

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 26: Former Miami Dolphin Jim Kiick heads down field against the Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl January 26, 2008 in Miami, Florida. This is the last game to be played in the Orange Bowl. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 26: Former Miami Dolphin Jim Kiick heads down field against the Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl January 26, 2008 in Miami, Florida. This is the last game to be played in the Orange Bowl. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images) (2008 Getty Images)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jim Kiick, a key member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated team, has died at the age of 73.

As a runner and receiver, joining Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, they formed one of the best backfields in NFL history.

Kiick had been battling dementia for the last few years and lived in an assisted living facility.

His daughter, Allie, a professional tennis player, posted a heartfelt message about her father’s struggles on her Twitter account earlier in the week.

She said that because of the coronavirus, visitors weren’t being allowed in his room.

“I miss my dad,” she wrote Thursday on Twitter. “It’s pretty hard when you’re sitting on the outside of the glass and can’t do anything to cheer him up. He’s lost the spark in his eyes as anyone would in this situation.”

On Saturday, she announced that he had passed away.

Kiick helped lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles, playing seven seasons in Miami.

Kiick made the American Football League All-Star team in his first two seasons. He had two touchdowns for the ’72 Dolphins in the AFC championship game, and also scored in the Super Bowl victory that capped their 17-0 season under Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. Shula died May 4 at age 90.

After Kiick retired from football, he worked as a private investigator in the Broward County Public Defenders office.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)