On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 4

  • 1938 Kanō Jigorō, Japanese educator and the founder of Judo, dies at 77
  • 1971 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all the Grand Tours), dies at 36
  • 2010 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 2018 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • 2018 Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21

Don Shula

2020 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), dies at 90

  • 2020 Alan Sutherland, New Zealand rugby union number 8 (10 caps; Marlborough), dies at 76
  • 2021 Margaret Forsyth, New Zealand netball goal attack (NZ 1979-87; World Cup gold 1979, 87) and coach (Waikato BOP Magic), dies from cancer at 59
  • 2021 Alan McLoughlin, Irish soccer midfielder (42 caps Rep of Ireland; Swindon Town, Portsmouth), dies from cancer at 54
  • 2021 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), dies at 76
  • 2021 Bertil Johansson, Swedish soccer striker (5 caps; IFK Göteborg 267 games) and manager (IFK Göteborg), dies at 86
  • 2022 Gerhard Mans, Namibian rugby union utility back (27 Tests; Orange Free State RFU, South West Africa RFU), dies at 60
  • 2022 Harm Ottenbros, Dutch bicycle racer (World C'ships gold men's road race 1969), dies at 78