NASHVILLE, TN. (THECOUNT) — NFL replay official, Carl Madsen, who officiated Sunday in Nashville Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans game, died unexpectedly while on his way home Sunday. He was 71.

The NFL announced the sad news saying Madsen died “while en route home” from the Week 7 matchup at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.


No other information surrounding his death was provided as of Monday evening.

Madsen, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was an on-field official for the NFL from 1997 to 2008 before he became a replay official for the league in ’09, according to TMZ.

“Carl Madsen was an NFL officiating fixture for more than two decades, first as a highly respected on-field official before transitioning to a replay role beginning in 2009,” NFL senior VP of officiating training and development Walt Anderson said.

“A terrific friend and colleague, Carl’s love of football and dedication to officiating was ever-present, as he generously shared his time to mentor young officials at clinics across the country. A veteran of the Air Force, Carl had a tremendous spirit and will be greatly missed.”