Former All-Pro kicker Cary Blanchard dies suddenly at 47

Indianapolis Colts' Cary Blanchard (14) attempts a 30-yard field goal during the third quarter on the AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Jan. 7, 1996, in Kansas City, Mo. The field goal gave the 3-point margin they needed for the 10-7 victory over the Chiefs. Holding for Blanchard is Chris Gardocki (17). (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (AP) — Former Indianapolis Colts and Oklahoma State kicker Cary Blanchard died Tuesday at age 47.

Mindi Blanchard confirmed her ex-husband’s death. She said Cary passed away unexpectedly of what she believes was a massive heart attack, but added that an autopsy has not been performed.

Blanchard lived near Edmond, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, but Mindi said he died in Mabank, Texas, three days after his mother’s funeral there.

As a Colt, Blanchard was an Associated Press All-Pro in 1996 and a Pro Bowl selection in 1997. His nine-year NFL career also included stints with the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.

A three-time All-Big Eight selection (1988-90), Blanchard finished his Oklahoma State career with 331 points.

Blanchard is survived by his son, Blake and Blake’s wife, Tia, his daughter, Bayli and his son, Braeden.

Mindi said the funeral will take place Friday at Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.

“Cary was a family man who loved his children and his family more than anything,” Mindi said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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