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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Jim Fanning, 87 (1927 - 2015)

    Jim Fanning

    The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87.The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed Fanning's death Saturday.Fanning was the Expos' general manager when the team entered the major leagues in 1968 and spent 25 years with the franchise that moved to Washington in 2005 and...

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  • John Moshoeu, 49 (1965 - 2015)

    John Moshoeu

    The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African Football Association says former international midfielder and African Cup of Nations winner John Moshoeu has died. He was 49.Moshoeu's agent also announced his death, saying he died in a Johannesburg hospital on Tuesday after "a long but brave battle" with cancer.Nicknamed "Shoes" because of his dribbling ability, Moshoeu scored four...

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  • Doug Buffone, 70 (1944 - 2015)

    Doug Buffone

    The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, whose reputation for being a passionate football player carried over into his career as a sports broadcaster, was found dead Monday in his home, according to police. Paramedics and police were summoned to Buffone's home on Chicago's West Side and found a 70-year-old man dead due to natural causes, said...

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  • Bob St. Clair, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    Bob St. Clair

    By JANIE McCAULEY, The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob St. Clair, a five-time Pro Bowler with a big personality who played all 11 of his seasons with his hometown San Francisco 49ers, died Monday. He was 84.The Pro Football Hall of Fame, the 49ers and the University of San Francisco announced Monday that St. Clair had died.A 6-foot-9 right tackle known for...

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  • Jaroslav Holik, 72 (1942 - 2015)

    Jaroslav Holik

    The Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Jaroslav Holik, an offensive forward who helped Czechoslovakia win a hockey world title and an Olympic bronze medal in 1972, has died. He was 72. The Czech ice hockey federation said Friday that Holik, the father of NHL player Bobby Holik, died after battling an unspecified, long-term illness. Holik scored 57 goals for Czechoslovakia in his 142...

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