Longtime NFL official Carl Madsen dead at 71 after incident on way home from Titans-Chiefs game

Longtime NFL official Carl Madsen died on Sunday while returning home from the Kansas City ChiefsTennessee Titans game, the league announced Monday. He was 71.

Walt Anderson is the NFL’s senior vice president for officiating development and training. He confirmed Madsen’s death in a statement. It was unclear what caused Madsen’s death.

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“Carl Madsen was an NFL officiating fixture for more than two decades, first as a highly respected on-field official before transitioning to a replay role beginning in 2009,” Anderson’s statement read.

NFL Umpire Carl Madsen stands in position during game action between the St. Louis Rams and the Baltimore Ravens at the Edward Jones Dome on Aug. 23, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

NFL Umpire Carl Madsen stands in position during game action between the St. Louis Rams and the Baltimore Ravens at the Edward Jones Dome on Aug. 23, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

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“A terrific friend and colleague, Carl’s love of football and dedication to officiating was ever-present, as he generously shared his time to mentor young officials at clinics across the country. Carl, a veteran of the Air Force was a great friend and colleague. He will be missed. “

National Football League umpire Carl Madsen talks to defensive lineman Shane Burton #98 of the Carolina Panthers during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Dec. 15, 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

National Football League umpire Carl Madsen talks to defensive lineman Shane Burton #98 of the Carolina Panthers during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Dec. 15, 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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According to the NFL Network, Madsen died while “en route home” from the Titans game in Nashville.

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National Football League umpire Carl Madsen pursues the play during a game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium on Oct. 8, 2000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

National Football League umpire Carl Madsen pursues the play during a game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium on Oct. 8, 2000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Madsen served 12 seasons as an on-field official from 1997-2008, according to NFL.com. He became a replay official the following year. He was an umpire in three playoff games and a replay official in four others.

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