Deaths in Sport on December 30

Sonny Liston

1970 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

  • 2000 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72
  • 2006 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2014 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), dies at 74
  • 2015 Doug Atkins, American College/Pro Football HOF defensive end (Uni of Tennessee; NFL C'ship 1954, 63; First-team All-Pro 1963; 8×Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, Chivago Bears, NO Saints), dies at 85
  • 2015 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59
  • 2019 Johnny Ward, English rugby league hooker (4 Tests Great Britain, 3 England; Castleford 262 games), dies at 78
  • 2021 Karel Loprais, Czech rally driver (Dakar Rally truck category 1988, 94, 95, 98, 99, 2001), dies from COVID-19 at 72
  • 2021 Sam Jones, American College/Basketball HOF guard (North Carolina Central Uni; 10 × NBA C'ships; NBA All-Star 1962, 64–66, 68; Boston Celtics), dies at 88