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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Andrew Lewis, 44 (1970 - 2015)

    Andrew Lewis

    The Associated PressGEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Former professional boxer Andrew Lewis has died in his native Guyana after a motorist struck him on his bicycle. He was 44.Police in the South American country say Lewis was struck Monday on a major road outside the capital. The retired boxer, nicknamed "Six Heads," was pronounced dead at a hospital.Lewis became the first boxer from Guyana to earn a...

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  • Geoff Duke (2015)

    Geoff Duke

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Geoff Duke, who won six world motorcycling titles and became the sport's first global star, has died. He was 92.Duke, who retired from the sport in 1959 with 33 grand prix wins, died on Friday, the official MotoGP website said.Son Peter Duke was quoted as telling bikesportnews.com that his father had been "ill for some time but he passed away peacefully" in the...

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  • Pete Brown (2015)

    Pete Brown

    The Associated PressAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Pete Brown, the first black player to win a PGA Tour event, died Friday. He was 80.PGA Tour officials say Brown died in Augusta. Details on the cause of death weren't immediately available.Brown won the 1964 Waco Turner Open in Burneyville, Oklahoma, and the 1970 Andy Williams-San Diego Open.A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Brown survived polio as a...

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  • Gregory Mertens, 24 (1991 - 2015)

    Gregory Mertens

    The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Lokeren says defender Gregory Mertens died on Thursday, three days after he suffered heart failure during a training match.The club in Belgium's top division said, "With sadness, we announce the passing of Gregory Mertens."The 24-year-old player collapsed early in Monday's game, and was kept in a coma.Lokeren said doctors tried to operate on the player on...

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  • Vardan Militosyan, 64 (1950 - 2015)

    Vardan Militosyan

    The Associated PressYEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Vardan Militosyan, an Olympic silver medalist and two-time European champion weightlifter for the Soviet Union, has died. He was 64.The Armenian Olympic Committee said Militosyan died Wednesday evening "following a serious illness."Competing for the Soviet Union, Militosyan won the silver medal in the 75-kilogram category at the 1976 Montreal Olympics...

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