By Jessica Bursztynsky
Bill Nack, legendary sports journalist and 1966 University of Illinois alumnus, died April 13 at his home in Washington, D.C., due to complications from cancer. He was 77 years old.
Nack is most known for his book-turned-film Secretariat about the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
Growing up in Skokie, Illinois, Nack spent his time cleaning horse stalls. It was the 1955 Kentucky Derby that introduced Nacks to his first favorite horse, Swaps.