HEADLINE

Arkansas State coach loses wife to cancer

Field Level Media

August 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm.

Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson announced on Twitter that his wife, Wendy, died of cancer.

She was 49.

Anderson took a leave of absence this week to be by his wife’s side as she battled cancer for the second time in three years. Wendy Anderson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2017.

“My beautiful girl has gone home to be with Jesus…no more pain, no more suffering, and praise Him no more cancer,” Anderson wrote early Tuesday. “She passed as peacefully and gracefully as you could ever hope just a few minutes before midnight with me laying right beside her.”

The couple has three children.

Blake Anderson is 39-25 in five seasons at Arkansas State.

Defensive coordinator David Duggan will lead the program in his absence. The Red Wolves open the season August 31 against SMU.