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Longtime Disease Became Ex Cardinals Star Tim Van’s Cause of Death


Gregarious ex St. Louis Cardinals quarterback who later turned into a famous local TV sportscaster, Tim Van’s cause of death was clarified after he passed away on Wednesday (January 26, 2021) at the age of 77.

We offer our deepest sympathies to him and his family; The heartbreaking death news was confirmed by Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Cardinals drafted Van Galder in the sixth round of the 1966 draft out of Iowa State, for which he twice led the Big Eight Conference in passing yards and total offense.

Keith Murphy wrote on Twitter, “Former Cyclone quarterback Tim Van Galder dies. Van Galder was drafted by the St Louis Cardinals (NFL) and worked many years as a popular sportscaster.”

He additionally was a pitcher on the Cyclones’ baseball team and had a 1.57 earned-run average with six complete games in 1965.

In St. Louis “TVG,” as he came to fame, spent a lot of time on the taxi squad as he was mired behind Charley Johnson, Jim Hart, and Gary Cuozzo.

Although, after a long wait, some of it was spent in the Army, he got his first beginning in 1972 and led the Big Red to a 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Colts in the season opener, finishing 10 of 15 passes without a TD or interception.

He had four more starts that year, going 1-3-1 overall in the team’s 4-9-1 season under coach Bob Hollway. Tim had one TD pass and was blocked seven times.

The star was cut after the season and though he had brief chances with the Bengals and Jets in 1973, he never got into another game. But he was about to shine in another profession.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim Van’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him; Fans widely ask, “what happened to Tim?” So if you have any related information about his passing, please share it with us.

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Cancer Reported as Tim Van’s Cause of Death

Although there is no detailed report about Tim Van’s cause of death at this time, official sources mentioned that he lost his life after a long battle with cancer.

Nevertheless, our team does not confirm any rumors; we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

Additionally, in 1973, he took his easy-going demeanor to KMOV (Channel 4), where he shook up a traditional buttoned-down television newscasting business with his casual appearance, wearing sweaters or open-collar shirts while performing his sportscast. He’d also sit on, not behind, the desk sometimes.

“TVG definitely was not buttoned-up,” remembered one-time Cardinals teammate Dan Dierdorf, who eventually succeeded Van Galder as KMOV’s sports director. “He blazed his own path with those cardigan sweaters.”

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That attracted a lot of attention in town.

“He looked like Arnold Palmer,” recalled former Channel 4 colleague and close friend Lou Tevlin. “Nothing phony. He was an original.”

Van Galder served at KMOV for more than a decade, having been demoted to weekends late in his run. Tim Van’d had enough, while he was on the air. He declared his resignation at the end of his segment.

A user reacted to the tragic news, saying, “Wow 77 that is way too young. I had friends that donated on the golf course. I knew better. Great guy always smiling and positive! RIP TVG.”

”I heard I was going to get the ax soon, so I just up and quit,” Van Galder once told, adding, ”I did it on my own terms, like most things I do.”

He later had a short sportscasting time at KPLR (Channel 11). He also performed in sports-talk radio as well as entering into the bar business and selling siding for houses.

But he still found free time to play golf, one of his favorites, and he was active in the Big Red’s alumni group.

“Every time we had a get-together he was right there,” Dierdorf stated. “And I bet he was at my house for Thanksgiving 10 times. It’s pretty hard to find somebody who didn’t like TVG. He was really a great guy. And I’m not just saying it, I mean that.” continued Tevlin, “He won the game of life.”

Reactions to Death of Tim Van

Celebrities’ death news always break many hearts; however, fans remember memories, and their idols are alive in their mind even after death.

Here we collected some of Tim Van’s friends, fans, and his loved ones’ reactions to the news, including the heart-touching tributes they posted on social media.

Someone wrote, “Tim Van Galder, who played for three NFL teams during his career, passed away this week, according to multiple reports. He was 77 years old. Van Galder played both baseball and football during his college days at Iowa State. Proficient in both.”

Another said, “I appreciate the story on former Cardinals QB Tim Van Galder’s passing. He was a high school legend in Madison, Wisconsin. Please correct the spelling of his last name. You started with Van Galder but changed to Van Gelder.”

A fan said, “ISU Hall-of-Famer Tim Van Galder has passed away. All-Big Eight in both football and baseball, Tim was the first Cyclone QB to start a game in the NFL, threw ISU’s last no-hitter, roommates with Joe Namath, and broadcasted NFL games on CBS.”

“Former Channel 4 Sportscaster Has Died: @KMOV and other media outlets are reporting Tim Van Galder, also known as ‘TVG’ by viewers and pro athletes and who himself played quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals in the NFL, died today (1-26-22) at age 77, ” a fan said.

Another wrote, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Tim Van Galder. You would leave every encounter with a smile on your face. Even when he took your money on the golf course. Be sad but, smile when you think of him.”

Frank Cusumano penned, “Rest in Peace Tim Van Galder. He had a wonderful career at KMOV. He was also one the great athletes I have ever known: NFL QB, an awesome college baseball pitcher and a scratch golfer. Just a really good guy. TVG was 77.”

A user tweeted, “Watching the STL noon news & found out Tim Van Galder passed away after a cancer battle. Incredibly talented football player who went on to be a sportscaster for KMOX. Watched him in both mediums; RIP sir. Such a wonderful man.”

Another shared, “No! I hadn’t heard this. I grew up watching Tim Van Galder on channel 4. He’d popped into my mind just the other day when I saw a quote from him in the book “You Are Looking Live” about CBS’s NFL Today.”

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