Death of Maurice Richard

August 4, 1921 - May 27, 2000
Montreal, Quebec | Age 78

Canadian hockey great dead at 78
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Maurice "Rocket" Richard, whose explosive speed and scoring heroics made him the cornerstone of the Montreal Canadiens' dynasty that won five straight Stanley Cups, died Saturday at the age of 78.

Richard, who slipped into a deep coma overnight, died of respiratory failure after a long battle with abdominal cancer.

The hockey great was hospitalized with a recurrence of the cancer that was first diagnosed more than two years ago. He also had Parkinson's disease,...

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