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Former Cowboys exec dies of heart attack

Bob Ackles, who worked in the Dallas Cowboys' front office from 1986-91, has died after suffering a heart attack Sunday. He was 69.

Ackles was hired by Tex Schramm in 1986 to be the Cowboys’ vice president of pro personnel and became player personnel director after Jerry Jones bought the team.

At the time of Ackles’ death, he was president and CEO of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions, with whom he began his football career at age 15 as the team’s water boy. He rose through the ranks and became the Lions’ general manger in 1971.

After leaving the Cowboys, Ackles spent time as an executive with the Miami Dolphins as well as with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the defunct XFL before returning to Canada. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Ackles is survived by his wife, Kay, sons Steve and Scott, and four grandchildren.