Redskins superfan known as ‘Chief Zee’ dies


WASHINGTON | The Washington Redskins’ superfan who attended games for decades in full Native American dress has died. Zema Williams was better known as Chief Zee.

The team announced Williams’ death on Twitter on Tuesday, calling him one of the team’s greatest fans of all time.

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Redskins Superfan Die_Perr

An article on the Redskins website says Williams died Monday. No cause was given. The Washington Post reports he was 75.

Williams began attending Redskins games in a head dress in 1978. In 2000, he was recognized for his dedication to the team by being featured in an exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A vigil was held for Williams on Tuesday night at the team’s headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia.