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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Al Arbour, 82 (1932 - 2015)

    Al Arbour

    Al Arbour, 82, who coached the NHL's New York Islanders from 1973 through 1994, winning four Stanley Cup championships along the way, has died following a long illness. As a player in the 1950s and '60s, Arbour was a defenseman for several teams, contributing to Stanley Cup wins with the Detroit Red Wings, the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He moved into coaching in 1970 and was...

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  • Justin Wilson, 37 (2015)

    Justin Wilson

    Known, as ESPN describes him, as the "Gentle Giant" of racing, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday after a head injury sustained during a crash at Pocono Raceway, the Associated Press and his family report. ByJENNA FRYER, The Associated PressIndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday night from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.IndyCar made...

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  • Bob Fillion, 94 (2015)

    Bob Fillion

    Bob Fillion, who won two Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens, has died at the age of 94, according to the Associated Press. The team's alumni association said Thursday that Fillion attended most home games in recent years until he became ill near the end of last season. "He always came to the building and took notes," said Rejean Houle, head of the association. "He...

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  • Buddy Baker, 74 (1941 - 2015)

    Buddy Baker

    Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to The Associated Press. Baker, who died early Monday, was 74.

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  • Frank Gifford, 84 (1930 - 2015)

    Frank Gifford

    NFL Hall of Famer and veteran sports broadcaster Frank Gifford has died in Connecticut, his family announced on Sunday, according to NBC News and other sources. He was 84. In a statement, his family said: It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural...

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