Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • John Siegal (2015)

    John Siegal

    The Associated PressLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — John Siegal, an end who helped the Chicago Bears win three NFL titles in the 1940s and was their oldest former player, has died. He was 97.The Bears said Wednesday that he died this week at his home in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania.Siegal spent his entire five-year career with the Bears and was selected to three Pro Bowls. He helped Chicago win NFL...

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  • Walter Byers, 93 (1922 - 2015)

    Walter  Byers

    By JIM O'CONNELL, The Associated PressWalter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics, has died. He was 93.Byers died Tuesday at his home in Emmett, Kansas, when a urinary tract infection spread into his bloodstream, son Fritz said Wednesday.A main part of Byers' job when he started as NCAA executive...

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  • Richard Mulhall (2015)

    Richard Mulhall

    The Associated PressARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Mulhall, a trainer who went on to manage the careers of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, died Monday. He was 76.Santa Anita publicity officials said Mulhall died at his home in Monrovia after a long illness.Mulhall oversaw the late Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp. when the stable...

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  • Marques Haynes, 89 (1926 - 2015)

    Marques Haynes

    The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89."Basketball has...

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  • Annarita Sidoti, 44 (1970 - 2015)

     Annarita Sidoti

    The Associated PressROME (AP) — Annarita Sidoti, a former world and European race walking champion form Italy, died Thursday. She was 44.The Italian Olympic Committee said Sidoti died at her home in the Sicilian town of Gioiosa Marea following a long illness.Sidoti won the 10-kilometer race at the 1997 world championships and the 1990 and 1998 European Championships. She competed in three...

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