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An Insight Into Cooke
  • Life Chronology
  • Redskins Media Guide Profile
  • Legendary Box at RFK
  • Jack Kent Cooke Quotes
  • Forbes 400 Profile
  • His Full Will
  • Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, 84, died April 6, 1997, after suffering a heart attack in the library of his Northwest Washington home. He had a long history of heart and respiratory problems. Cooke's son, John Kent Cooke, says he intends to keep the Redskins in the family.

    OBITUARY: Jack Kent Cooke: A Washington Monument


    APPRECIATIONS
    In His Own Way, the Squire Was a Prince
    "He made me proud to be a man, proud to be a Redskin, just proud to be associated with that organization."
    — Ex-Redskin Mark May on Cooke
    Tony KornheiserJack Kent Cooke may not have been liked by everyone, but he sure liked being Jack Kent Cooke, writes Tony Kornheiser. Not only did he have fun being the owner of the Redskins, he was good at the job. In his way, he writes, Cooke was a prince.

    An Often Difficult Man, But a Very Happy One
    Leonard Shapiro Jack Kent Cooke was not always the easiest man to talk to, especially if you were a reporter looking for a story, writes The Post's Leonard Shapiro (pictured). But conversations with Cooke were never dull.

    A Man of Riches Built Team From Trust Fund
    Richard JusticeMoney was hardly ever a problem for Jack Kent Cooke. But that was not the tool with which he built winning organizations, writes The Post's Richard Justice. It was the trust he placed in those around him.

    For Cooke, Horses Were the Other Love


    John Kent Cooke Sr.
    Get a profile of John Kent Cooke Sr. from the Redskins' media guide.
    THE FUTURE OF THE REDSKINS
    Quietly, John Kent Cooke Heads Into the Spotlight
    After decades of quiet service to the Redskins, John Kent Cooke Sr. — Jack's only surviving son — is expected to inherit control of a family estate valued by Forbes magazine at $825 million. That will almost surely thrust him into a spotlight he has never been comfortable with. While John has his father's blue eyes, he does not possess his imperious personality.

    Cooke's Legacy: Redskins' Stable Future
    Redskins Helmet Cooke's death comes soon after he took steps to ensure the stability of the Redskins by signing Coach Norv Turner and General Manager Charley Casserly to contract extensions. So there's little reason to believe the transition to John Kent Cooke will be anything but seamless.


    REACTION
    Redskins Fans Crave Fond Memories
    "The thing I remember about him the most is that he was always at his best when things were at their worst."
    — Ex-Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs
    Whether or not people liked Cooke's public image or the way he conducted his personal life, few fans interviewed could complain about his performance as the owner of the Redskins.


    John Kent Cooke Sr.
    Cooke with wife Marlene. (Washington Post File Photo)

    THE COOKE ESTATE
    Before Death, Cooke Disinherits Wife No. 4
    Once in line for millions, Marlene Cooke faces a reversal of fortune. The Bolivian wife of Cooke was left empty-handed by the will and may face deportation.

    HIS FULL WILL: From cover to cover



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