Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Dean Chance, 74 (2015)

    Dean Chance

    Dean Chance, the Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who palled around with the Hollywood jet set, died Sunday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Associated Press reported. He was 74. According to the Star Tribune, while no official cause of death has been released, a former teammate, Jim Kaat, attributed the death to a heart attack. Born in 1941 in Wooster, Ohio, Chance started his baseball...

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  • Lindy Infante, 75 (1940 - 2015)

    Lindy Infante

    Former NFL coach Lindy Infante has died in Florida, according to The Associated Press. He was 75. Infante's wife, Stephanie, told The Associated Press that he died Thursday in St. Augustine after a lengthy illness. Infante coached the Green Bay Packers from 1988 to 1991, winning Coach of the Year honors in 1989 after leading the Packers to a 10-6 record. He was hired by the Indianapolis...

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  • Harry Gallatin, 88 (2015)

    Harry Gallatin

    Harry Gallatin, the Hall of Fame basketball player who was a seven-time All-Star forward for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, died Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He was 88. The Knicks and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where Gallatin was a former coach and athletic director, confirmed the death through Gallatin's family. He died in Edwardsville. Gallatin spent nine seasons...

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  • 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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