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Lee Rose, Coach of Purdue’s Last Final Four Team in 1980, Passed Away on Tuesday

Lee Rose was not the basketball coach at Purdue for quite long, but he did one thing he’s predecessors by no means did — he took the Boilermakers to the Last Four.

Rose, who coached two seasons at Purdue from 1978 by means of 1980, died on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. He was 85. 

Rose was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s condition in 2015, and the past several years of his daily life had been tricky as his memory and thinking abilities begun to fade. In a fall someday just after his prognosis, he broke his femur and suffered spinal cord damage, which left Rose in a wheelchair in his last years. He and his wife Eleanor ended up married for 63 decades.