Heathman, witness to Rockne's death in 1931 plane crash, dies at 90

Updated: January 31, 2008, 1:29 AM ET
Associated Press

James Easter Heathman, the teenager who raced to a field near his family's central Kansas farm to find the plane crash that killed Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, has died. He was 90.

Heathman died Tuesday at an Emporia, Kan., hospital, where he had been for about a week after contracting pneumonia, said his son, Tom Heathman.

Tom Heathman said Wednesday his father had been taking people to the crash site, located on private land near the Heathman farm, for about ...

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