Deaths in Sport in December 2016

  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 7 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailer (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 12 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • Dec 29 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78