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Trojan kicking great Limahelu dies

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Chris Limahelu, the record-setting placekicker on USC's 1974 national championship football team who kicked a last-second field goal to beat Stanford in 1973, died today (Wednesday, April 7) in Los Angeles of prostate cancer.  He was 59.

Born in Indonesia, the diminutive (5-5, 130 pounds) Limahelu came to USC from South Hills High in West Covina (Calif.) and then Citrus Junior College in Glendora (Calif.). He was on USC's junior varsity team in 1972 as a sophomore.

He lettered 2 years at USC (1973-74).  As a Trojan junior in 1973, he hit 14-of-18 field goals and 31-of-34 PATs.  His 14 field goals set a since-broken school season record.  His 47-yard field goal against Ohio State in the 1974 Rose Bowl was the longest ever by a Trojan, breaking a 64-year-old record.  His 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds to play against Stanford that season gave USC a 27-26 victory as the Trojans overcame a 26-17 deficit in the final game's 2:10 and stayed alive in their bid for a Rose Bowl berth.

He then earned All-Pac-8 first team honors as a 1974 senior when the Trojans won the national title.  He was 10-of-17 on field goals and 39-of-43 on PATs.  He hit a 50-yard field goal against UCLA that season to break his 1-year-old USC distance mark.  He kicked a field goal and a PAT in USC's 18-17 win over Ohio State in the 1975 Rose Bowl.

After his playing career, Limahelu became an accountant.  He also was a volunteer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses for the past 15 years.

There will be a private funeral service for family members.  A public memorial service is being planned.

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Rest in peace, Chris, and fight on!

Chris was a teammate of mine at South Hills. He and I remained friends, and attended Citrus College together. It took a lot of courage and conviction for him to walk on at USC, but that was his dream, to kick for the Trojans. after he graduated, Chris became my tax accountant, and also my parents accountant. Throughout his life,Chris stayed committed to USC. I feel honored to have been his friend and teammate. When you hit your knees tonight, please remember Chris in your prayers. He was one of the good guys.

Chris and I have been very close friends, sidekicks and like brothers for almost the past 20 years.
For a man of small stature, he had a big and caring heart, he was a unique, modest, 1 of a kind guy, that had a great outlook on life and felt he was able to accomplish just about anything when he set his mind to it.
I could write pages about Chris,the great guy he was, his passion and love for the game of football and what he believed was the right thing to do to help others less fortunate.
He was never one to brag about his accoumplish-ments in life. He was a humble man who knew what was rally important in life and it wasn't money.. It was family, friends and others who's lives he touched. It was living each day to the fullest!
But then, anyone that knew Chris saw these great qualities in him,loved and admired him for the person and man he was.
The past years have been very hard on Chris, ever since his girlfriend Chritsina was killed by a hit and run driver in West Covina about 6 years ago.
I was with Chris from just after he was notified about the accident and spent everyday and night with the man at her bedside until she passed on and for weeks afterwards as his friend.
She was everything in his world and he never really got through the deep heartfelt pain and anguish of losing her.
From that moment on his heart and drive to push on with life were never the same and he felt that he would never find that love and happiness again.
Chris is now out of the pain from the loss of Christina and also from the pain and suffering of the prostate cancer.
They are the only blessings of losing him, besides the fact that I know that he is happy and smiling from up above, because he is with his dad and Christina............ Two people that he loved and missed with all of his heart.
I will always miss him as my best friend and confidant and his unpredictable timing of never being on time.
In general, if Chris said I'll be there in 30 minutes, you had to give him 2 hours to arrive. If he said lets meet on Monday....... You had to ask what month, week and year.
But as a friend, if you called him and said I need your help now, he was there on the spot.
You never had to question his friendship or loyalty....... Never.
To Chris my dear friend, I will always miss you and the times and trips we have shared over the years as very close best friends.
God Bless You and may you be in peace with your dad and Christina.
With Love,
Frank A. LaRosa Jr.

My husband(Chuck Moore) went to USC and played football there. We have gone to the Salute To Troy with Chris for several years now. Chris also has done our taxes for over 20 years. We are in shock and are very sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his Mom and family. Chris was a one of a kind guy, and a die hard USC fan. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed. Fight On!!!

Love, Michelle & Chuck Moore

Hi Frank,

Do you know if there is going to be a public service for Chris? And do you know how we can send a card or call his family? Please let us know if you can. Thank You and we are so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Michelle Moore
moore.4u@hotmail.com

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