Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Anthony Mason, 48 (1966 - 2015)

    Anthony Mason

    By RICK FREEMAN, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News.Mason won a Sixth Man Award and made an All-Star team, but it was the...

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  • Oscar Diaz, 32 (1982 - 2015)

    Oscar Diaz

    The Associated PressSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oscar Diaz, a former welterweight boxing contender whose career ended when he sustained a debilitating brain injury in a fight nearly seven years ago, has died. He was 32.The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Diaz died Thursday. The agency had yet to determine a cause of death Friday.Diaz was in a coma for two months and spent seven...

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  • Earl Lloyd, 86 (1928 - 2015)

    Earl Lloyd

    By The Associated Press, The Associated Press Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he's something much bigger. He was a pioneer. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday at 86. West Virginia State, his alma mater, confirmed the death but did not provide details. "The NBA family has lost one of its...

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  • Jerry Lambert, 74 (1940 - 2015)

    Jerry Lambert

    By BETH HARRIS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lambert, a leading jockey on the Southern California circuit in the 1960s and '70s who rode Native Diver to three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup victories, has died. He was 74.He was found dead Monday at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California, where he worked, according to daughter Lacey, who also works at the breeding and training...

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  • Jerome Kersey , 52 (1962 - 2015)

    Jerome Kersey

    By ANNE M. PETERSON, The Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died Wednesday. He was 52.The cause of death wasn't immediately known.A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at a...

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