2-time NYC marathon champion Tom Fleming dies coaching middle school meet

Tom Fleming, 65, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at a meet in Verona, according to school officials.

Tom Fleming, 65, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at a meet in Verona, according to school officials. (4/20/17)

MONTCLAIR (AP) - A two-time winner of the New York City Marathon has died while coaching a New Jersey middle school team at a meet.

The Montclair Kimberley Academy announced Tom Fleming's death in a statement Thursday. The school says Fleming died of an apparent heart attack at a meet in Verona on Wednesday afternoon. He was 65.

Newark Central coach Bruce Berry says that Fleming collapsed after getting out of his car. He said Fleming was given CPR for more than 20 minutes and had a pulse when he was taken to a hospital.

Fleming won the New York City Marathon in 1973 and 1975. The New York Road Runners, who put on the city's 26.2-mile event, called Fleming "an iconic figure" in the race's history.

Fleming finished second twice at the Boston Marathon and also won marathons in Cleveland, Washington D.C., Toronto and Los Angeles.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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