Athletes and sports personalities the world lost in 2018

The past year was largely a joyous one in sports, with the world coming together for both the Winter Olympics in February and the FIFA World Cup over the summer. 

However, the sporting world also faced multiple tragedies and endured the deaths of several iconic figures, as well as young athletes lost in their prime. 

From World Series champions to iconic coaches and record setters, click through below to remember the athletes and personalities who passed away in 2018. 

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Longtime sportscaster and voice of college football Keith Jackson died on January 12. He was 89.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, who won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, died on January 16. He was 71. 

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Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment on January 16 from an apparent suicide. He was 21.

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Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, died on January 21, shortly before the PyeongChang Games. He was 53. 

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Longtime New York Yankees outfielder Oscar Gamble died of a rare jaw tumor on January 31. He was 68.

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Former NBA player Rasual Butler was killed alongside his wife in a single-car crash on January 31. He was 38. His wife, Leah LaBelle Vladowski, was 31. 

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver on February 4. He was 26.

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Former MLB player John "Tito" Francona, father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, died on February 13. He was 84. 

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American rock climber and mountaineer Jim Bridwell died on February 16. He was 73. 

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Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to break the 4-minute mile in 1954, died on March 3. He was 88.

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Dick Wilmarth, winner of the first-ever Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, died of complications from cancer on March 21, 2018. He was 75.

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Former New York Mets third baseman and 1969 World Series champion Ed Charles, died on March 15. He was 84.

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NBA G League player Zeke Upshaw died on March 26, two days after collapsing on the court during a game. He was 26.

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Longtime MLB player Rusty Staub, nicknamed "Le Grand Orange" during his tenure with the Montreal Expos, died on March 29. He was 73. 

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Hal Greer, Basketball Hall of Famer and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, died on April 14. He was 81.

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Bruno Sammartino, one of wrestling's longest-reigning champions, died on April 18. He was 82. 

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Former NFL coach Chuck Knox, who took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC Championship games, died on May 12. He was 86. 

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Former San Francisco 49ers tight end Dwight Clark, who made "The Catch" in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, died on June 4 after battling ALS. He was 61. 

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MLB Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend Red Schoendienst, died on June 6. He was 95.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Anne Donovan died on June 13 of heart failure. She was 56. 

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Former No. 1-ranked tennis player Maria Esther Bueno died on June 8 after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.

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Australian golfer and five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died on June 20. He was 88.

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Former Polish runner and Olympic gold medal winner Irena Szewinska died June 29. She was 72.

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Tyler Honeycutt, a former player for UCLA and the Sacramento Kings, was found dead after a standoff with police on July 6. He was 27.

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Former NHL goalie and 2013 Stanley Cup champion Ray Emery drowned on July 15. He was 35. 

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Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita died on August 7. He was 78. 

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Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died on August 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 36. 

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LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was killed when he was shot during a fight in Baton Rouge. He was 20.

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Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller died from a pulmonary embolism while rehabbing from knee surgery. He was 22. 

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Los Angeles Chargers majority owner Alex Spanos died on October 9. He was 95.

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MLB Hall of Famer and San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey died on October 31. He was 80. 

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Mari Hulman George, chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died on November 3. She was 83.

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair died on November 23 after battling multiple cancers. He was 81. 

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Former MLB player Luis Valbuena was killed in a car crash in Venezuela, alongside fellow player Jose Castillo, on December 5. He was 33. 

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Former MLB player Jose Castillo was killed in a car crash in Venezuela, alongside fellow player Luis Valbuena, on December 5. He was 37. 

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Former NFL linebacker and six-time Pro Bowler Isiah Robertson died in a limousine crash on December 6. He was 69.

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Joan Steinbrenner, vice chairperson of the New York Yankees and wife of late team owner George Steinbrenner, died on December 14. She was 83. 

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