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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Clay Stapleton (2014)

    Clay Stapleton

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa State football coach and Florida State and Vanderbilt athletic director Clay Stapleton has died. Cyclones spokesman Mike Green said Stapleton's son, Van, notified the school that his father died Thursday morning in Marshall, Missouri. He was 93. Stapleton was the coach for the Cyclones from 1958 until 1967, compiling a record of 42-53-4. He's perhaps best...

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  • John "Mr. Mizzou" Kadlec (2014)

    John  "Mr. Mizzou" Kadlec

    The Associated PressCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — John Kadlec, the University of Missouri sports icon whose Tigers career spanned more than a half-century as player, coach, administrator and broadcaster, has died. He was 86.The school said Kadlec, known as "Mr. Mizzou," died early Wednesday. Football coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement that Kadlec "was a ball coach, plain and simple."Kadlec played for...

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  • Klas Ingesson, 46 (1968 - 2014)

    Klas Ingesson

    The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Klas Ingesson, a former Sweden midfielder who played at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, has died. He was 46.Swedish club Elfsborg said Ingesson, the team's coach, died Wednesday. He was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2009.Ingesson played 57 times for Sweden, taking part in two World Cups and reaching the semifinals at the 1994 tournament in the United...

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  • Tay Wilson, 89 (1925 - 2014)

    Tay Wilson

    The Associated PressLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former International Olympic Committee member of New Zealand Tay Wilson has died. He was 89.The IOC announced the death Wednesday. The cause was not disclosed.Wilson joined the IOC in 1988 and served on the new sources of financing commission from 1989-1993 and the finance commission from 1994-2006. He retired and became an honorary member in...

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  • Gordon Soltau, 89 (1925 - 2014)

    Gordon Soltau

    The Associated PressSANTA CLARA, California (AP) — Gordon Soltau, a wide receiver and kicker who played nine NFL seasons with San Francisco, has died. He was 89.The three-time All-Pro passed away on Sunday, according to the 49ers.Soltau had 249 receptions for 3,487 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also kicked 70 field goals and 284 PATs. He remains one of only three players in NFL history to score...

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