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BOSTON — Will McDonough, a sports writer and columnist who worked for The Boston Globe for more than 40 years and covered every Super Bowl, died late Thursday. He was 67.

McDonough died at his home in Hingham while watching sports news on TV, said Don Skwar, the Globe's sports editor.

The cause of death had not yet been determined, although McDonough had heart problems and battled thyroid cancer in the late 1990s. He had a heart attack in 1990 and another one last month but appeared fine following tests Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital, spokeswoman Georgia Peirce said.

McDonough retired from the newspaper two years ago but continued to write a weekly column for the Globe.

"Will loved all sports and sports people," said Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, a former New England Patriots coach. "He loved his family. He was a real pro, a confidant, and a man you enjoyed being around."

McDonough wrote about the NFL for more than 30 years, covering the first Super Bowl in 1967.

"For many decades, Will McDonough was the most influential reporter covering the NFL," league commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. "Most club executives and head coaches knew him, and Will, in turn, knew almost everything that was going on in the NFL. All of us respected him as a professional; nearly all of us knew him as a friend. There can be no way that the Super Bowl later this month will be the same as the previous games."

McDonough became nationally known through his work for CBS and NBC in the 1980s and 1990s, winning an Emmy along with "NFL Live" co-hosts O.J. Simpson and Bob Costas. CBS hired McDonough in 1986 for "The NFL Today."

One of McDonough's sons, Sean, is a national sports commentator and play-by-play announcer. Another son, Terry, is a Baltimore Ravens scout and has been in the NFL for 13 years.

McDonough also is survived by wife Denise, daughters Cara and Erin and son Ryan.