Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Ernie Terrell, 75 (1939 - 2014)

    Ernie Terrell

    The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.The son of Mississippi sharecroppers and long-time Chicago resident worked as fight promoter after his boxing career ended and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. Terrell also twice ran unsuccessfully for...

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  • Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston, 80 (1933 - 2014)

    Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston

    The Associated PressGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Packers guard Fuzzy Thurston, a member of the great Green Bay teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 80.The team confirmed Sunday that Thurston died after several years of health issues.Born Fred Thurston, he was best known for his blocking on the Packers' famed power sweep. He helped Green Bay win five NFL championships. He also won a title with...

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  • Jim Swink, 78 (1936 - 2014)

    Jim Swink

    The Associated PressRUSK, Texas (AP) — Jim Swink, a star TCU running back and College Football Hall of Fame inductee who bypassed a professional football career to become a doctor, died Wednesday. He was 78.Swink died at his home in Rusk on Wednesday afternoon because of complications of lymphoma, said his wife, Jeanie Swink.The 6-foot-1, 180-pound "Rusk Rambler" was the nation's leading scorer...

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  • Jean Beliveau, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Jean Beliveau

    The Associated PressMONTREAL (AP) — It is hard to imagine a classier hockey player, on and off the ice, than Jean Beliveau.A supremely skilled center who spent 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens during his Hall of Fame career, Beliveau died Tuesday at 83. The team confirmed his death.One of the most beloved players in Canadiens history, Beliveau also was a popular ambassador for the sport....

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  • Marvin "Whitey" Helling (2014)

    Marvin  "Whitey" Helling

    The Associated PressGRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Marvin "Whitey" Helling, the football coach who helped build the University of North Dakota into a Division II power, has died. He was 91.The school says Helling, a native of Luverne, Minnesota, died Sunday in Florida.Helling was the school's head coach for 11 years, from 1957 to 1967, and had a record of 60-35-3. He guided his teams to three North...

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