Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Phillip Hughes, 15 (1998 - 2014)

    Phillip Hughes

    By DENNIS PASSA, The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.Australia captain Michael Clarke, trying to compose himself several times, read a brief statement on behalf of Hughes' parents, brother and sister at a news conference at St. Vincent's Hospital...

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  • Gilles Tremblay, 75 (1938 - 2014)

    Gilles Tremblay

    The Associated Press MONTREAL (AP) — Gilles Tremblay, a former Montreal Canadiens forward who played on four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 1960s, has died. He was 75. The team announced Tremblay died Wednesday in Montreal. He played his entire nine-year career with the Canadiens, scoring 168 goals and adding 162 assists over 509 regular-season games. An exceptional skater known for...

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  • Viktor Tikhonov, 84 (1930 - 2014)

    Viktor  Tikhonov

    The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed illness that had left him...

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  • Murray Oliver, 77 (1937 - 2014)

    Murray Oliver

    The Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Murray Oliver, a five-time NHL All-Star who briefly coached the Minnesota North Stars, has died from a heart attack. He was 77.Oliver, who died on Sunday, played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and North Stars in a career that started in 1957 and ended in 1975. He scored 274 goals in 1,127 NHL games. He finished second in...

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  • Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, 98 (1916 - 2014)

    Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney

    The Associated PressNEWPORT, Rhode Island (AP) — The International Tennis Hall of Fame says Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, the first American woman to win the tournament now known as the Australian Open, has died at age 98.The Hall says Tuesday that Cheney died Sunday in Escondido, California, following a brief illness.She was inducted in 2004, and was introduced at the ceremony by fellow member John...

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