Eddie Briles, the older brother of Baylor football coach Art Briles, died Wednesday after falling in the bathroom of his home a day earlier.
Eddie Briles, who lived in Haskell, Texas, appeared in a "College GameDay" feature this past weekend and an ESPN.com feature story about his younger brother earlier this month. Their parents, Dennis and Wanda Briles, and their aunt, Elsie "Tottie" Kittley, died in a car accident while traveling to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas to watch Art play for the University of Houston on Oct. 16, 1976.
John Greeson, pastor at the Rule Church of Christ in Rule, Texas, said Eddie Briles died of a head injury after he was taken off a ventilator at a hospital in Abilene on Wednesday. Eddie Briles, 59, a nurse, is survived by his wife, Teresa, and their two children.
Greeson said Art was able to see Eddie, his only sibling, at the hospital Tuesday.
"Art talked to him," Greeson said. "The family said Art was a good motivator and maybe he could motivate him. I don't know if Eddie ever responded to him. It's a tragic thing. We can't know why it happened. Art is crushed. It's really going to be rough for him."
The No. 9 Bears, who suffered their first loss of the season, 49-17 at Oklahoma State last week, play at TCU on Saturday.
"Our deepest condolences go out on behalf of Baylor Nation to the Briles family following the loss of Coach Art Briles' older brother Eddie earlier today," Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a statement released by the school. "We've seen an immediate and overwhelming outpouring of love and sympathy. We ask Baylor Nation to support Coach Briles and his family by respecting their privacy as they mourn their loss."
Last month, Eddie Briles told ESPN.com how proud he was of his younger brother's success.
"He's got God-given talent and drive, but I think it's also him wanting to do the best he can for our parents," he said. "He wants to honor them."