Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Charlie Sanders, 68 (1946 - 2015)

    Charlie Sanders

    Charlie Sanders, former Detroit Lion and Hall of Fame tight end, has died after a battle with cancer. Sanders played his entire 10-year career with the Lions, from 1968-1977. He was 68. The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit's blue-collar roots.Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be...

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  • Jackson Vroman, 34 (1981 - 2015)

    Jackson Vroman

    Former NBA player Jackson Vroman was found dead Monday at his home in Los Angeles, California, according to the Des Moines Register. He was 34. Vroman was chosen in the second round of the 2004 NBA draft. According to Sports Illustrated, Vroman played in 87 career NBA games during his time with the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Hornets from 2004 to 2005.

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  • John David Crow, 79 (1935 - 2015)

    John David Crow

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79. The university said Crow died Wednesday night surrounded by his family. He was the first Heisman winner for the Aggies, who were coached at the time by Paul "Bear" Bryant. During the 1957 season, Bryant famously...

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  • Ron Clarke (2015)

    Ron Clarke

    The Associated PressGOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Ron Clarke, Australia's greatest middle distance runner and the man who lit the cauldron at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, died Wednesday at the age of 78.Gold Coast City Council, where Clarke was a former mayor, confirmed Clarke's death from kidney failure after previously battling heart disease.Clarke set 17 world records, including 12 during...

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  • Peter Petherick, 72 (1942 - 2015)

    Peter Petherick

    The Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former New Zealand off-spinner Peter Petherick, a late-bloomer who became one of only three cricketers to take a hat trick on his test debut, has died. He was 72.Petherick died in Perth, Australia on Sunday, New Zealand Cricket said. The cause of death was not disclosed.Petherick made his first-class debut for New Zealand's Otago province in...

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