Stringer's father dead of heart attack at 57

WARREN, Ohio -- James Stringer, the father of late Minnesota
Vikings lineman Korey Stringer, has died, his family said. He was

James Stringer died of a heart attack Sunday at the Cleveland
Clinic. He had been in the hospital since April because of illness,
son Kevin Stringer said.

Korey Stringer, a Warren native who played college football at
Ohio State, died from heatstroke during 2001 training camp with the

The 27-year-old, 335-pound Pro Bowl lineman's death happened the
morning after he practiced in the sweltering heat and humidity,
which pushed his body temperature to 108.8 degrees.

James Stringer is survived by his wife, Cathy, daughter Kimberly
and son Kevin. His funeral was scheduled for Monday at Agape
Assembly Church in Warren.

During a visit at the hospital last week, James Stringer learned
his son's wife had graduated from nursing school and that the Korey
Stringer Community Fund was conducting its inaugural youth football

"He was very excited about the things going on. He had the
biggest smile on his face. That's the memory I'm going to try and
cling to," Kevin Stringer told the Warren Tribune Chronicle.