“She was beautiful, courageous, and a wonderful wife and mother. I was honored to be her husband and I loved her dearly. My family and I are in such gratitude for the outpouring of love and support we have received during her course of treatments,” Smith said in a statement announcing her death. Tiffany Smith, the wife of former Texans general manager Rick Smith, died Thursday. She was 49.Smith, the team’s GM for 12 seasons, stepped away from the job on Dec. 31, 2017, to focus on caring for his wife and their three children as she battled breast cancer. Condolences to Rick Smith and his family. His wife Tiffany died today after a courageous battle with cancer. He released a statement. pic.twitter.com/54f5G914zR— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 31, 2019Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair issued a statement on behalf of the franchise offering condolences, saying in part: “My family and the entire Houston Texans organization are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tiffany Smith. She was a loving mother, wife and a strong figure for good in the Houston community.”Statement from Houston Texans Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Cal McNair: pic.twitter.com/774sTGVhCd— Texans PR (@TexansPR) January 31, 2019The Smiths were married 17 years, according to media reports.The Texans hired Brian Gaine as GM last year. It’s unclear if Smith will return to the Texans in some capacity.