Auburn icon 'Mr. Penny' has died, according to Lee Co. Coroner

Auburn icon 'Mr. Penny' has died, according to Lee Co. Coroner

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Johnny Richmond, known to many as 'Mr. Penny' has died. Johnny Richmond, known to many as 'Mr. Penny' has died.
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Auburn's beloved Johnny Richmond, known to thousands of fans as 'Mr. Penny', has died, according to the Lee County Coroner's office.

Richmond died at his home, says Coroner Bill Harris, after being given hospice care. The coroner could not confirm the cause of death.

Mr. Penny spent 37 years of his life working as a crossing guard at Dean Road Elementary School. He was adored by Auburn fans for his fitness routine, doing push-ups during football games.

Fans were shocked in 2012 when Richmond suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He survived the suicide attempt, later admitting in an interview that he survived because God was on his side. He publicly expressed being thankful to have a second chance.

Peterson Williams Funeral Home of Opelika will handle funeral arrangements.

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