LAS VEGAS — Jerry Tarkanian, who built Nevada-Las Vegas into a national powerhouse in college basketball with an insatiable will to win, created the persona of Tark the Shark, died on Wednesday, February 11, in Las Vegas. He was 84.
His son Danny announced his death via Twitter.
Tarkanian was taken to Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas on Monday with low blood pressure and an infection, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He had a second heart attack in April 2014 and was treated for pneumonia in November.
A full obituary will appear in next week’s newspaper.