Mark Tuinei Biography

Mark Tuinei

Age: 39

offensive lineman who helped the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowls in 1993, 1994 and 1996; played 15 seasons in the NFL, including all but nine games between 1989-96; came to the Cowboys as an undrafted defensive lineman from Hawaii in 1983; moved to offensive line in 1985 and became a starter in 1987; played in two Pro Bowls (1994, 1995); teammates nicknamed him "Tui"; was released by the team in April 1998 after lingering knee injuries caught up to him after the 1997 season. Tuinei died from overdosing on a mix of heroin and a stimulant.

Died: Plano, Texas, May 6, 1999

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