HURON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man's tongue-in-cheek obituary blamed the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise.

The obituary published in the Sandusky Register said Paul Stark died Wednesday at a hospice facility after a brief illness "exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns."

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The football team was 1-15 last season and 0-15 this year ahead of Sunday's finale in Pittsburgh. The Browns lost, 28-24, to the Steelers.

Stark's obituary included a nugget of the optimism. It said the 80-year-old Mansfield native "passed just before the Browns were prepared to turn the corner."

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