Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Erik Roner (2015)

    Erik Roner

    Erik Roner, an action sports athlete who was a star of MTV's "Nitro Circus," died in a skydiving accident in Squaw Valley, California, Monday, Sept. 28, according to USA Today. He was 39. Known by the nickname "Rubberneck," Roner was an extreme skier and BASE jumper on the reality show and touring troupe, having joined "Nitro Circus" in 2005. He was known as a pioneer of ski BASE jumping and...

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  • Ignacio Zoco, 76 (1939 - 2015)

    Ignacio Zoco

    Ignacio Zoco, a former Real Madrid defensive midfielder who won a European Cup and seven league championships along with the 1964 European title with Spain, has died, The Associated Press reported. He was 76. Real Madrid announced the death Monday but did not say when he died or give a cause of death, the AP said. Other media outlets stated that Zoco died Monday. Zoco was more recently...

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  • Yogi Berra, 90 (1925 - 2015)

    Yogi Berra

    Baseball great Yogi Berra died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 90. Berra was a New York baseball stalwart, playing for the Yankees for most of his career and the Mets for a single year, then later coaching and managing both teams. But he was born May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Italian immigrants. Signing with the Yankees in 1946, Berra joined a team that was recovering...

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  • Milo Hamilton, 88 (2015)

    Milo Hamilton

    Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, has died, according to the Associated Press. The Houston Astros announced the death of their longtime play-by-play man on Thursday. He was 88. A cause of death was not immediately released. Hamilton spent 60 years broadcasting Major League Baseball games, and was working for WSB Radio in...

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  • Joe Morrone, 79 (2015)

    Joe Morrone

    Joe Morrone, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Connecticut men's soccer team to the 1981 national title, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 79. He died Wednesday night after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the school said. Morrone coached the Huskies from 1969 to 1996. He previously coached at Middlebury College in Vermont from 1958 to 1968. When he retired, he was one...

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