Today's Deaths in Sport

  • October
  • 1910 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), dies of epilepsy at 31
  • 1929 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (two Tests for England 1877), dies
  • 1942 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

1973 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • 1980 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), dies in stock-car race pit area accident at 31

Person of interestBobby Riggs

1995 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), dies of prostate cancer at 77

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Person of interestPayne Stewart

1999 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

Person of interestRichard Harris

2002 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 2003 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), dies at 84
  • 2012 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), dies from cancer at 74

Person of interestBill Sharman

2013 Bill Sharman, American basketball player, dies from complications from a stroke at 87

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 2015 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), dies at 65
  • 2016 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), dies at 72