Deaths in Sport on May 12

  • 1909 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), dies at 40
  • 1957 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • 1960 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and third husband to Rita Hayworth, dies from injuries sustained in a car accident at 48
  • 1963 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • 1971 Heinie Manush, American Baseball HOF left fielder (MLB All-Star 1934 Washington Sens; AL batting champion 1926 Detroit Tigers), dies from throat cancer at 69
  • 1971 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; 1 x 100, 8 x 50) and rugby union fly-half (2 caps), dies at 75
  • 1971 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • 1973 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • 1992 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), dies from lymphatic cancer at 68
  • 1993 Zeno Colò, Italian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 72
  • 1994 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies at 83
  • 2000 Adam Petty, American auto racer (son of Kyle Petty; death leads to NASCAR mandate of steering wheel kill switch), dies in practice session accident at 19
  • 2001 Didi (Waldyr Pereira), Brazilian soccer midfielder (68 caps; Fluminense), dies at 72
  • 2002 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit), dies after surgery at 22
  • 2017 Michael Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 1996; Baltimore Ravens), dies in a motorcycle accident at 48
  • 2018 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), dies of dementia at 86
  • 2021 Higinio Vélez, Cuban baseball manager (Olympic gold 2004; Santiago de Cuba, Cuban National Series 1999–2001), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • 2021 Jerry Burns, American football coach (University of Iowa 1961-65; Minnesota Vikings 1986-91), dies at 94
  • 2022 Gino Cappelletti, American football running back (AFL All-Star 1961, 63-66; AFL MVP 1964; Boston Patriots), dies at 88