Remembering the sports figures and legends we lost in 2019

The world of sports suffered many heartbreaking losses in 2019. 

Among the most notable deaths of the year was the sudden loss of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died in Texas on July 1. The details around 27-year-old's mysterious death continued to evolve, ultimately resulting in a lethal mix of drugs and alcohol being named as the cause. The DEA launched a probe into how Skaggs obtained the drugs in September. 

The world of boxing also suffered several tragic losses this year with the deaths of legends Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker and Freeda Foreman, as well as the devastating deaths of Maxim Dadashev, Hugo Santillán and Patrick Day, who all died from injuries sustained in fights. 

Iconic athletes John Havlicek of the Boston Celtics, Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the MLB, also died this year. 

From football and baseball legends to young stars gone too soon, below are the sports figures lost in the last 12 months. 

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Sports figures lost in 2019

Purdue Boilermakers superfan Tyler Trent, age 20 

Read more: Purdue superfan Tyler Trent dies

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Former NFL quarterback Wade Wilson, age 60

Read more: Longtime NFL quarterback, coach Wade Wilson dies at age 60

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MLB Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, age 83

Read more: Frank Robinson, Hall of Famer and MLB's first black manager, dies at 83

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Soccer player Emiliano Sala, age 28

Read more: Emiliano Sala confirmed dead at age 28 after tragic plane wreck


Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, age 92

Read more: All-time great Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe dies at 92

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Boston Red Sox reporter Nick Cafardo, age 62

Read more: Longtime Red Sox reporter dies at spring training facility

(Photo by John Ioven/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Former New Mexico running back Romell Jordan, age 23

Read more: Romell Jordan, Ex-New Mexico RB and adopted brother of Red Sox C Blake Swihart, dies at 23

(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Wrestler King Kong Bundy, age 61

Read more: Pro wrestler King Kong Bundy, Hulk Hogan's rival, dead at age 61

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Former boxer Freeda Foreman, age 42

Read more: Reports: Freeda Foreman, daughter of George Foreman, dead at 42

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Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin, age 23

Read more: Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin found dead at age 23

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Golfer Arie Irawan, age 28

Read more: 28-year-old professional golfer Arie Irawan found dead at tournament

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Former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Forrest Gregg, age 85

Read more: Packers great Forrest Gregg, 'finest player' Vince Lombardi coached, dies at 85

(AP Photo/Paul Shane, File)

Former NFL running back Reggie Cobb, age 50

Read more: Former NFL RB, college star Cobb dies at 50

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Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek, age 79

Read more: NBA legend John Havlicek dies at 79

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Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr, 85

Read more: Packers legend, 5-time champion Bart Starr dies at age 85

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Boston Red Sox legend Bill Buckner, age 69

Read more: Red Sox legend Bill Buckner dies at age 69 from dementia

(Photo by Icon Sportswire)

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, age 27

Read more: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27

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Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen, age 38

Read more: Former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen dies at 38

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Former New York Giants lineman Mitch Petrus, age 32

Read more: Former Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, 32, dies of heat stroke

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Boxing Legend Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, age 55

Read more: Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker dead at 55

(AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian)

Former minor league pitcher Loek van Mil, age 34

Read more: Loek van Mil, tallest pro baseball player ever, dies at 34

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Darryl Drake, age 62

Read more: Steelers wide receiver coach Darryl Drake dead at 62

(AP Photo)

Former NFL lineman Barry Bennett, age 63

Read more: NFL lineman Barry Bennett and wife found dead, authorities charge son

(AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)

Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, age 36

Read more: Report: Former No. 4 overall pick RB Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle crash

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Legendary sportscasterJack Whitaker, age 95

Read more: Legendary CBS and ABC sportscaster Jack Whitaker dies at 95

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Former USMNT player Colin Clark, age 35

Read more: Former USMNT player Colin Clark dies at 35 of heart attack

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Miami Dolphins legend Jim Langer, age 71

Read more: Ex-Dolphins Hall of Fame center Jim Langer dies at 71

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Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, age 56

Read more: Spanish Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, 56, found dead in mountains near Madrid

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Minor league baseball player Chase Numata, age 27

Read more: Tigers minor leaguer Chace Numata dies at 27 after motorized skateboarding accident

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Former Ohio State running back Howard Cassady, age 85

Read more: Former Ohio State RB and Heisman winner Howard Cassady dies

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Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, age 88

Read more: Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill dies at 88

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Boxer Patrick Day, age 27

Read more: Boxer Patrick Day dies from brain trauma sustained in fight

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

MLB umpire Eric Cooper, age 52

Read more: Longtime MLB umpire Eric Cooper dead at 52

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Former NFL wide receiver Charles Rogers, age 38

Read more: Former Lions WR Charles Rogers, second pick of 2003 draft, dies at age 38

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Baseball prospect Ryan Costello, age 23

Read more: Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in New Zealand hotel room at age 23

(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Snowboarding legend Jake Burton, age 65

Read more: Jake Burton Carpenter, 'soul of snowboarding', dies at 65

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Former NFL kicker Fred Cox, age 80

Read more: Nerf football inventor, ex-Vikings kicker Fred Cox dies at age 80

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Former pro basketball player Wataru Misaka, age 95

Read more: Wataru Misaka, who broke pro basketball's color barrier, dies at 95

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Former Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan, age 69

Read more: Auburn's first Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan dies at 69

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Former Boston College baseball star Pete Frates, age 34

Read more: Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

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Former high school football coach Herman Boone, age 84

Read more: Herman Boone, the coach made famous by 'Remember the Titans,' dies at 84

(AP Photo/File)


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