J.D. Gibbs passes

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011  photo, J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, speaks during a news conference before the NASCAR Nationwide auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died. He was 49.

The team announced J.D. Gibbs’ death on Saturday, saying he passed from complications from a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. It was revealed in 2015 that he was dealing with “conditions related to brain function.” He was serving as president of JGR at the time.

Jason Dean Gibbs later served as co-chairman of JGR. Previously, he was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR series starts from 1998 to 2002.

Washington owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya say they are “heartbroken for the J.D. Gibbs family.”

Gibbs is survived by wife Melissa and four boys.

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