Former North Carolina basketball head coach Dean Smith dead at age 83

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2006 file photo shows former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith speaking during a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Dean Smith, the iconic North Carolina basketball coach, has died at the age of 83, the school announced today.

Smith, who coached the team to two national championships in his 36 years at North Carolina, retired in 1997 as the winningest coach in basketball.

His family released a statement through the university’s website.

Read the statement here.