Notable sports death of 2015

Notable sports deaths of 2015
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Notable sports death of 2015

February 28 -- Anthony Mason played for six NBA teams, but was best remembered for his five-year stint with the New York Knicks. His bruising play epitomized the team's physical style. Mason suffered a heart attack in early February and died several weeks later. He was 48.

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March 9 -- French swimmer Camille Muffat, a three-time Olympic medalist, was killed along with nine other people in a helicopter accident. Two helicopters collided in mid-air while filming a reality show in Argentina. She was 25 years old.

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March 21 -- Chuck Bednarik, the last full-time two-way player in the NFL, is regarded as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football. The award for best defensive player in college football is named in his honor. His family said he died after battling Alzheimer's and dementia. He was 89.

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May 16 -- Extreme sports great Dean Potter was a fixture in the Yosemite National Park climbing and BASE-jumping scene since the late 1990s. Potter died -- along with frequent flying partner Graham Hunt -- while attempting an illegal flying wingsuit jump. He was 43.

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September 13 -- Hall of Fame center Moses Malone was the first basketball player to skip college to go pro. One of the game's greatest scorers and rebounders, Malone was a 12-time All Star and three-time NBA MVP. He died in his sleep at the age of 60 the day before he was scheduled to play in a celebrity golf tournament.

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September 22 -- Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, an 18-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, is widely considered one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Berra died of natural causes during his sleep at the age of 90.

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October 25 -- Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and general manager Flip Saunders took a leave of absence from the team after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. His health unfortunately took a downturn soon after. He died at the at the age of 60.

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October 30 -- Indiana Pacers star Mel Daniels was an ABA legend, winning MVP honors in the upstart league twice. He died from complications after heart surgery. He was 71 years old.

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November 9 -- Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson had been out of the league since 2013. He died after falling into a coma with catastrophic organ failure, which police suspect was caused by an overdose. He was 29.

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Yankees legend Yogi Berra, NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone, Timberwolves GM and coach Flip Saunders, NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford and longtime ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott are just a few of the people the sports world lost in 2015.

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