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Updated: February 13, 2012 9:57PM

The funeral for the late wife of former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris will be held at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans Friday.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

“Tommie has been overwhelmed by the support of his former teammates, the Bears organization and the city of Chicago,” family friend Bill Horn said. “Please continue to pray for him as he and his children grieve the loss of his wife.”

Ashley Harris died two days after checking into Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK, because of a stroke or brain aneurysm. She was 29 years old. Married last month, Ashley Harris gave birth to the couple’s second child four months ago.

Johnny Knox, Anthony Adams and Israel Idonije flew to Norman to offer their support, and Bears coach Lovie Smith has reached out to Harris, as well.

“Our hearts go out to Tommie and his family,” Smith told the team’s website. “When I first heard [Ashley was in the hospital], we all started praying and hoped there would be a different outcome. At times like this, what can you say except to try to be there for him in any way you possibly can.”

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