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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • 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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  • 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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  • Lee Remmel, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Lee Remmel

    The Associated PressGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Lee Remmel, whose six-decade relationship with the Green Bay Packers spanned a sports writing career and a 30-plus year stint in the team's front office, has died. He was 90.The team said Remmel died Thursday in Green Bay.Remmel is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and the Lambeau Field press box was named after him in 2003.He joined the...

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  • Mike Mitchell (2015)

    Mike Mitchell

    The Associated PressARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mitchell, the all-time leading thoroughbred trainer at Del Mar racetrack with 476 victories, has died after a long struggle with brain cancer. He was 66.He died Tuesday at his home in Monrovia, not far from Santa Anita racetrack, where he won two training titles and 659 races. Track officials confirmed his death Wednesday. Mitchell had turned his...

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  • Mark Reeds, 55 (1960 - 2015)

    Mark Reeds

    The Associated PressOTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mark Reeds, an assistant coach for the playoff-bound Ottawa Senators and a former NHL player, died Tuesday. He was at 55.Reeds had been fighting cancer for more than a year, and the news came as a blow to a team already dealing with general manager Bryan Murray's cancer diagnosis.Owner Eugene Melnyk lauded Reeds' "charismatic fighting spirit ... right...

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