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  • Jan 4 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Simon Hobday, South African PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies at 76
  • Mar 3 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85
  • Mar 8 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • Mar 10 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), dies at 83
  • Mar 13 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • Mar 22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, dies at 71
  • Mar 31 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • May 5 Adolph Kiefer, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 98
  • May 6 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), dies at 37
  • May 11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • May 22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • May 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • May 26 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83
  • May 27 Jim Bunning, American baseball player and politician (pitched a perfect game in 1965, R-KY), dies at 85
  • Jul 12 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • Jul 21 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • Jul 23 Mervyn Rose, Australian professional tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74
  • Aug 22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94