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Deaths in Sport on July 24

Person of interestMatthew Webb

1883 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, drowns in the Niagara Falls whirlpool at 35

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • 1966 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1986 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1932-36), dies at 76
  • 1988 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), dies at 81
  • 1991 Freddie Brown, cricketer (English Test captain 1950-51), dies
  • 1994 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988), dies at 26
  • 1996 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • 1997 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 1997 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 81
  • 2000 Anatoli Firsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; 8 x World C'ship gold), dies at 59
  • 2002 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), dies at 87
  • 2004 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72
  • 2010 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • 2018 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), dies at 77
  • 2018 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), dies at 83
  • 2020 Naazim Richardson, American boxing trainer (Bernard Hopkins, "Sugar" Shane Mosley), dies of stroke complications at 55
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