Former UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies

PHOTO: Former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith attends a halftime ceremony honoring ACC legends on March 15, 2008 in Charlotte, N.C. PlayKevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Former University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith has died. He was 83 years old.

“Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement released Sunday.

In 36 seasons, Smith led the Tar Heels to two national titles. He retired from coaching as the winningest coach in college basketball but has since been surpassed by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.