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Ralph K. Cooke Dies

Son of Redskins Owner

Associated Press
Tuesday, September 12, 1995; Page C05

Ralph Kent Cooke, 58, the eldest son of Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, died of liver failure Sept. 11 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Mr. Cooke was executive vice president of Elmendorf Farm Inc., a breeding and racing thoroughbred horse nursery in Lexington. He also had been a director of Jack Kent Cooke Inc., Pro Football Inc., Cooke Properties Inc. and Redskin Properties.

He and his wife, Anita, faced trial in February on one count each of cocaine possession, a felony, and of drug paraphernalia possession, a misdemeanor. They had pleaded not guilty and were free on bond. The couple was arrested in March after police searched their home on Elmendorf Farm and allegedly found three grams of cocaine, straws and scales.

Jack Kent Cooke bought the prestigious Elmendorf Farm in 1984 for about $43 million.

Ralph Kent Cooke was born in Toronto. After beginning his career in Canada, he moved to Monterey, Calif., in 1960, where he worked in broadcasting and established RKS Inc. Advertising in 1961. He also founded Dataspeed Corp. and Intralink Inc., a motion picture marketing company, and Lamborghini Inc. According to a statement released by the farm, he developed the revolutionary Lola race car, winning the IMSA GP championship in 1981.

In addition to his wife and father, survivors include three children, his mother, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter.

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