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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Thomas Billington, 60 (1958 - 2018)

    Thomas Billington

    Thomas Billington (1958 – 2018) was a legendary professional wrestler known as "Dynamite Kid." The British born Billington partnered with Davey Boy Smith to form the WWE World Champion tag team duo, The British Bulldogs. He died on his birthday, December 5, 2018, at the age of 60. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • David Pearson, 83 (1934 - 2018)

    David Pearson

    David Pearson, the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver known as "the Silver Fox," died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C., according to multiple news sources. He was 83. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Wally Triplett, 92 (1926 - 2018)

    Wally Triplett

    Wally Triplett was the first black player to be drafted by an NFL team to play in an NFL game. He was drafted out of Penn State by the Detroit Lions in 1949. There were 3 black players drafted that year but Triplett was the first to play in a regular season game. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Willie McCovey, 80 (1938 - 2018)

    Willie McCovey

    San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey cracked more than 500 home runs in his Hall of Fame career. McCovey was a Giant for 19 of his 22 seasons in the league and was one of the most beloved players in San Francisco. He died at the age of 80. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Jim Taylor, 83 (1935 - 2018)

    Jim Taylor

    Fullback Jim Taylor (1935 – 2018) helped lead Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers to four NFL championship titles in the 1960s and a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I in 1967. Taylor was known for his toughness on the field, running over defenders. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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