Herman Boone, the Virginia high school football coach who inspired the 2000 film “Remember the Titans,” has died.

He was 84.

Boone, portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie, guided T.C. Williams High School to a state championship while navigating the early days of desegregation.

Aly Khan Johnson, an assistant coach for Boone beginning in 1972, said the coach died Wednesday at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

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He said Boone had cancer.

Johnson said he had visited the coach regularly and planned to see him Wednesday when he learned of his death.

Johnson said a funeral home operated by his wife is handling the arrangements, which are not complete.

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