Deaths in Sport in 2012

  • Jan 1 Gary Ablett, English footballer and manager, dies of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 46
  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • Jan 17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • Feb 1 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman, dies at 90
  • Feb 10 Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97
  • Feb 13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • Feb 16 Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57
  • Mar 3 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer, dies at 72
  • Mar 3 Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80
  • Mar 4 Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • Mar 10 Julio Gonzalez, Mexican light heavyweight boxer, dies from a hit and run at 35
  • Mar 10 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player, dies at 86
  • Mar 13 Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • Mar 15 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • Mar 16 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Mel Parnell [Melvin], American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies from cancer at 89
  • Mar 25 Bert Sugar, American sports writer, dies from a cardiac arrest at 74
  • Mar 29 Bill Jenkins, American Hall of Fame drag racer and engineer, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • Apr 1 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer star, dies from heart attack at 65
  • Apr 9 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic Gold 1992), dies at 43
  • Apr 14 Émile Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 92
  • Apr 15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • Apr 15 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • Apr 19 Valeri Vasiliev, Society ice hockey defenceman, dies at 62
  • Apr 27 Bill Skowron, American MLB player, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • May 2 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • May 19 Robert Boozer, American basketball player, dies at 75
  • May 30 Jack Twyman, American Hall of Fame basketball player, dies from complications from blood cancer at 78
  • Jun 11 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Jun 18 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach, dies at 78
  • Jun 22 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Canadian Hall of Fame NHL player, dies at 85
  • Jun 23 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, dies from an apparent heart attack at 48
  • Jun 26 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86
  • Jul 2 Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Jul 4 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 13 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer and politician, dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Aug 13 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player and manager, dies at 92
  • Aug 23 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Sep 6 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), dies from heart failure at 87 (b. 1925)
  • Sep 11 Sergio Livingstone, Chilean football player and journalist, dies from natural causes at 92
  • Sep 18 Jack Kralick, American MLB pitcher, dies from complications from strokes at 77

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Sep 18 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Sep 23 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46
  • Sep 30 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater, dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Oct 11 John Junior "Champ" Summers, American MLB player, dies from kidney cancer at 66
  • Oct 13 Helmut Haller, German footballer, dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 73
  • Oct 14 Kyle Bennett, American BMX racer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • Oct 16 Eddie Yost, American MLB player, dies from cardiovascular disease at 86
  • Oct 19 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • Oct 22 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 77
  • Oct 24 Margaret Osborne DuPont, American tennis player, dies at 94
  • Oct 25 John Connelly, English footballer, dies from cancer at 74
  • Oct 31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • Nov 1 Pascual Perez, Dominican baseball player, bludgeoned to death at 55
  • Nov 2 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • Nov 3 Tommy Goodwin, British track cyclist, dies at 91
  • Nov 6 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46
  • Nov 7 Carmen Basilio [Carmine], American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, dies from pneumonia at 85
  • Nov 14 Brian Davies, Australia Rugby League player, dies at 82
  • Nov 16 Bob Scott, New Zealand Rugby player, dies at 91
  • Nov 20 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete, dies at 98
  • Nov 24 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican professional boxer, dies from gunshot injuries at 50
  • Nov 29 Merv Pregulman, American NFL player, dies at 90
  • Dec 1 Jovan Belcher, American football linebacker, commits suicide by gunshot at 25
  • Dec 4 Miguel Calero, Colombia footballer, dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • Dec 14 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • Dec 19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • Dec 22 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter, dies at 88

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Dec 29 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, dies from a heart attack at 66

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig