Death of Minnesota Fats

January 19, 1913 - January 15, 1996
Nashville, Tennessee | Age 82

Famed pool player, dies at 82
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Minnesota Fats, a hustler who blustered his way out of smoky barrooms to become the world's most famous pool player, died Thursday.

Fats died of congestive heart failure, said his wife Theresa Bell Wanderone, who already has his epitaph ready:

"Beat everybody living on earth. Now St. Peter, rack 'em up."

Varying accounts listed Fats as anywhere from 82- to 95-years old, but as he boasted in a 1988 Associated Press interview, "No one on this Earth knows how old I am."<...

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