OU football: Wife of former Sooners star Tommie Harris dies in Norman

A cause of death has not been determined, but family friend Bill Horn said it is believed Ashley Harris died from a brain aneurysm or a stroke.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 13, 2012
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NORMAN — Ashley Harris, the wife of former University of Oklahoma defensive lineman Tommie Harris, died Saturday at Norman Regional Hospital. She was 29.

A cause of death has not been determined, but family friend Bill Horn told the Chicago Tribune it is believed Ashley Harris died from a brain aneurysm or a stroke. An autopsy was scheduled Monday.

The Harris' were in Norman to look for a home and plan for a wedding reception at Gallardia. The Harris' were married on Jan. 1 of this year. They had two children together, Tyson, who is 3, and fourth-month-old Tinsley.

Tommie Harris played this past season for the San Diego Chargers. He previously spent seven years with the Chicago Bears. Former Bears teammates Johnny Knox, Anthony Adams, Jason McKie and Israel Idonije traveled to Norman to support Harris.

“The outpouring of love from the people from Oklahoma has been unbelievable,” Horn said. “Tommie wants to thank the people of Oklahoma for their prayers and support, which has been overwhelming to his family.

“He's obviously in disbelief, but he's got such a strong support group, teammates and everybody around him. The support that he's gotten from his former Bears teammates has been overwhelming.”

A funeral service is scheduled 10 p.m. Friday at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Ashley Harris' hometown. She will be buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


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