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Deaths in Sport in 2018

  • Jan 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89
  • Jan 13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), dies from complications of pneumonia at 86
  • Jan 15 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • Jan 20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Jan 21 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • Jan 21 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Jan 22 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • Feb 9 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • Feb 13 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), dies at 92

  • Feb 19 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100
  • Mar 1 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-American chess player (Grandmaster 1968; World Chess Hall of Fame), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63

Person of interestRoger Bannister

Mar 3 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • Mar 4 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31
  • Mar 12 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), dies of pneumonia at 54
  • Mar 15 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • Mar 20 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 22 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80
  • Mar 24 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • Mar 29 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), dies from multiple organ failure at 73
  • Apr 4 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, dies at 61
  • Apr 5 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 23 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71
  • May 1 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • May 2 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • May 2 Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, national team), dies of cancer at 78
  • May 3 Dan Grimm, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 77
  • May 3 Bob Prewitt, American college basketball coach (SMU Mustangs), dies at 93

  • May 3 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89
  • May 3 Paolo Signorelli, Italian footballer, dies at 79
  • May 4 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • May 4 Lionel Lamy, French footballer, dies at 74
  • May 4 Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21
  • May 6 Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer and five-time world champion, drowns at 55
  • May 8 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71
  • May 9 Omar Daoud, Libyan footballer, dies in a traffic collision at 35
  • May 10 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85
  • May 12 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), dies of dementia at 86
  • May 14 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95
  • May 16 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • May 20 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77
  • May 20 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80
  • May 22 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97
  • May 23 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), dies at 86
  • May 25 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), dies after brain surgery from a fall at 82
  • Jun 2 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), dies at 68
  • Jun 4 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61
  • Jun 6 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), dies at 95

Person of interestMaria Bueno

Jun 8 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of mouth cancer at 78

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Jun 13 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), dies at 85
  • Jun 13 Anne Donovan, Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (Olympic gold 1984, 88; coach 2008), dies of heart failure at 56
  • Jun 16 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, dies of health complications at 73
  • Jun 18 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder (19 caps) and coach (Penn State), dies of complications broken hip at 91
  • Jun 19 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), dies of throat cancer at 71
  • Jun 20 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Jun 26 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80
  • Jun 29 Irina Szewińska, Polish athlete, administrator (Olympic various sprint gold 1964, 68, 76), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jul 9 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91
  • Jul 11 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 87
  • Jul 12 Len Chappell, American NBA forward (All Star 1964), dies of stroke & pneumonia at 77
  • Jul 16 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • Jul 22 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jul 22 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 24 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 28 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • Jul 31 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79
  • Aug 7 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78
  • Aug 15 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Aug 21 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), dies of dementia at 78
  • Sep 6 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 11 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), dies of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • Sep 28 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from brain cancer at 90

Person of interestPaul Allen

Oct 15 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 65

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • Oct 15 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), dies of breast cancer at 69
  • Oct 31 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6-time All Star), dies of an infection at 80
  • Nov 24 David Defiagbon, Nigerian-Canadian boxer (Olympic silver 1996), dies at 48
  • Nov 29 Ruth Haring, American chess player and President of the US Chess Federation, dies at 63