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The New England Patriots are mourning today that Tracy Sormanti, the team's longtime cheerleading director, passed away on Friday.

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We are saddened by the loss of a beloved member of our family today," said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft.

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There was no one more caring and sympathetic to the instructors. Like all great coaches, he was meticulous in his preparation.

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We've been fortunate to have some of the best coaches in NFL history, but none did it with dignity and grace like Tracy.

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Sormanti, a native of Rhode Island, first joined the organization in 1983 as a Patriots cheerleader. She was a member of the Patriots cheerleading.

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Over the past 27 seasons, Sormonti's squad has performed in 10 Super Bowls, visited more than 30 countries and military tours to two dozen foreign operating.

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She has also developed a partnership with the Patriots Junior Cheerleaders Program and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that has raised.

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She created a program that teaches incoming cheerleaders how to be goodwill ambassadors for the organization and places as much emphasis on community service.

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Despite facing terminal cancer treatment for the past three years, Sormonti continues to be a daily presence at Gillette Stadium.

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Funeral arrangements will be handled by Thomas and Walter Quinn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Sormonti requests that donations be made in her memory.