The Fridge is fine.
Despite Twitter rumors to the contrary on Wednesday, former Chicago defensive lineman William "Refrigerator" Perry is not dead. The super-sized star from the Bears' Super Bowl champion team from the 1985 season confirmed it himself on Twitter the same day.
I heard about the rumors that I passed away online. #SMH. Just wanted to let everyone that they are not true and Im doing fine. Thanks guys!— William Perry (@FridgePerry72) August 14, 2013
Perry's agent, Adam Plotkin, told the Chicago Tribune earlier on Wednesday that he double-checked with the former Clemson standout's brother, Michael Dean Perry, just to be sure.
“I know he is not dead,” Plotkin said. “I talked to Michael Dean a few minutes ago. And I know the Bears were down there interviewing Fridge on Saturday for Coach [Mike] Ditka's [jersey] retirement. But I did talk to Michael Dean, and he had gotten some calls, too, and Michael Dean said it was OK to confirm that Fridge is fine.”
Clemson football sports information director Tim Bourret also tweeted that Perry is alive and well.
The Twitter account @ClemsonTigerNet originally posted a report that Perry had died but quickly took it down. An explanation appeared on its website: ”There were several reports on Twitter this morning of William Perry's passing, but it appears it was [the death of] another William Perry that caused the confusion.“
Drafted in the first round by the Bears in 1985, Perry gained national attention by lining up on offense in goal-line situations. He scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, during the regular season that year and ran for another one during Super Bowl XX.
He suffers from the Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the peripheral nervous system and has at times limited his ability to walk.