The founder of Life University, Dr. Sidney Williams, died in his sleep early Thursday morning, according to a release sent to FOX 5 by the family.
The family says Williams suffered a stroke in December of 2011, and had been struggling with the effects of that stroke.
An Atlanta native, Williams was a well-known chiropractor in the area, and started Life University in 1974 as a way to promote chiropractic health education. He was president of the Marietta school until he retired in 2002, according to the release.
According to the release, Williams was a graduate of Georgia Tech and a member of the 1952 Orange Bowl National Championship team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on and off the field.
He is survived by his wife, daughter, son and three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being handled through Mayes Ward in Powder Springs.