Coming off of back to back undefeated seasons, his life was tragically taken in a plane crash in Kansas. Six of his players from the 1930 season, Marty Brill, Tom Yarr, Frank Carideo, Marchy Schwartz, Tom Conley, and Larry Mullins, carried their head coach to his final resting place.
There are few deaths that have shaken an entire nation; the death of Princess Diana and the assassination of John. F. Kennedy are some examples to come to mind. According to ESPN, the news of the death of Knute Rockne was one that impacted people all over the United States. President Hoover even called his death a national tragedy.