Deaths in Sport on February 15

  • 1946 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), dies from bronchopneumonia at 32
  • 1961 Dudley Richards, American figure skater (U.S. Pairs champion, 1961), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1961 Laurence Owen, American figure skater (U.S. and North American champion), dies in a plane crash at 16
  • 1961 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), and coach dies in a plane crash at 49
  • 1961 Maribel Yerxa Owen, American figure skater (U.S. Pairs champion, 1961), dies in a plane crash at 20
  • 1971 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • 1991 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack
  • 2019 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), dies at 88
  • 2020 Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star 1986, 87, 89, 92, 99; World Series 1993; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Toronto Blue Jays), dies of polycystic kidney disease at 57
  • 2021 Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer striker (43 caps; River Plate), dies from COVID-19 at 71
  • 2021 Vincent Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009, 11, 12; SD Chargers, TB Buccaneers), dies at 38
  • 2022 Józef Zapędzki, Polish sport shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1968, 72), dies at 92
  • 2022 Rustam Akramov, Uzbek soccer coach (Uzbekistan 1992-94; India 1995-97), dies at 73