Former NBA Coach Fred \'Tex\' Winter Dies At 96

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Fred "Tex" Winter, who was an assistant coach for the Bulls in the 1990s as well as a head coach in college and the NBA, died Wednesday at 96.

Winter was one of Phil Jackson's key assistants and helped teach the triangle offense to Michael Jordan. He was with Chicago for all six of its championships in the 1990s.

"Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game," Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a statement. "He was an innovator who had high standards for how basketball should be played and approached everyday. Those of us who were lucky enough to play for him will always respect his devotion to the game of basketball. His contributions to the Bulls organization will always be remembered."

Bulls statement on the passing of Tex Winter. pic.twitter.com/whKcYjU2fY

— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 11, 2018

He also coached with Jackson with the Lakers and was on the staff from 1999-2008. Los Angeles won three straight titles from 2000-2002.

"We used to say there wasn't much of a governor on Tex," Phil Jackson told ESPN in an interview in 2011. "He just spoke what his mind impulsively told him to say and it was like the mind of the basketball gods. If you played against the rules of the game, he was going to comment to you or comment to me in hopes that I would comment to the players later on.

"He got frustrated with players at times — a Michael Jordan who he said couldn't pass the ball right, or (Shaquille O'Neal) who wouldn't take coaching very easily, or Kobe who over-penetrated or handled the ball too long so the offense didn't run right. So, every star that I ever had on a team, except Scottie Pippen, basically he had trouble with parts of their game."

Winter was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. He was one of the first primarily assistant coaches selected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011.

"I learned so much from Coach Winter," Michael Jordan said in a statement. "He was a pioneer and a true student of the game of basketball. His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker, always focused on details and preparation, and a great teacher. I learned so much from Coach Winter and was lucky to play for him. My condolences to his family."

Winter served as an assistant at Kansas State before getting his first head coaching job at Marquette in 1951. He went on to serve as the head man at Washington, Northwestern and Long Beach State, amassing a 453–334 career record.

Winter was the Rockets' head coach from 1971-73. He tallied a 51-78 record before he returned to the college ranks.

Winter learned the triangle offense from Sam Barry when he played at USC in the 1940s.

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  • Slide 22 of 98: (Original Caption) Black Hawks Stan Mikita can't help boosting his sights at this stack of hockey pucks that represents the hat trick, plus one that he scored during an outstanding performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 6, 1967. The Chicago Blackhawks star center and long-time captain, died on Aug. 7 at 78.
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  • Slide 29 of 98: This undated photo provided by Michigan State University shows Don McAuliffe. Former Michigan State football star Don McAuliffe, a fighter in his youth, battled to the very end. The star running back and captain for Michigan State’s undefeated 1952 national championship team has died at age 90 on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Michigan State University via AP)
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  • Slide 31 of 98: Defensive end Mike Kudla #57 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Indiana University Hoosiers during the game on October 23, 2004 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Slide 32 of 98: PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20:  Ray Emery #29 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on during a timeout against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 20, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
  • Slide 33 of 98: NEW YORK - 1964: Len Chappell #11 of the New York Knicks poses for a portrait circa 1950 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1964 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photo Library/NBAE via Getty Images)
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  • Slide 80 of 98: HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Mason Fine #6 of the North Texas Mean Green looses his helmet as he is sacked for a loss by defensive end Blain Padgett #90 of the Rice Owls  in the second half at Rice Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  North Texas Mean Green won 42 to 35 in double over time. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
  • Slide 81 of 98: Green Bay Packers' Fred Carr (53) in action against the Broncos' Floyd Little (not pictured) in Sept. 1971.
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Dick Modzelewski, Oct. 19

Dick Modzelewski, a star defensive tackle for the New York Giants in the 1950s and '60s, has died at 87. Modzelewski spent 14 years in the NFL, eight with the Giants, including six title games. He teamed with Andy Robustelli, Rosey Grier and Jim Katcavage on one of the great defensive lines.

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Paul Allen, Oct. 15

Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, died on Oct. 15. He was 65. 

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Jim Taylor, Oct. 13

Green Bay Packers legendary fullback Jim Taylor died at the age of 83. Taylor was the first Packer of the Vince Lombardi era to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Fred 'Tex' Winter, Oct. 10

Former NBA Hall of Famer and Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers' assistant coach coach Tex Winter, who pioneered the triangle offense, died at the age of 96.

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Alex Spanos, Oct. 9

Long time Chargers owner Alex Spanos died at 95. Spanos, who founded A.G. Spanos Companies, through which he built his fortune, purchased 60 percent of the San Diego Chargers in 1984. In 1993, he passed operational control of the team to his son, Dean, who led the charge to move the team to Los Angeles two years ago.

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George Taliaferro, Oct. 8

George Taliaferro, the first African-American to be drafted by the NFL team, died at 91. The Chicago Bears picked him in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft, and Taliaferro played from 1949-55 with franchises in both the old NFL, and the All-America Football Conference.

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John Gagliardi, Oct. 7

John Gagliardi, the former head coach of Division III St. John's (Minn.), died at 91, six years after he ended his 60-year career with the Johnnies in 2012.

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Kevin Ellison, Oct. 6

Former USC defensive back Kevin Ellison, who was a captain for the Trojans before a brief NFL career, has died, He was 31.

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C.J. Fuller, Oct. 3

C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back part of the Tigers' 2016 national championship team, has died. He was 22. 

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Wes Hopkins, Sept. 28

Wes Hopkins, one of the greatest safeties in Philadelphia Eagles history and a hallmark of the great Eagles' defenses of the late 1980s and early 1990s, died Friday at age 57.

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Jack McKinney, Sept. 25

Former NBA coach Jack McKinney, who created the scheme that became known as the “Showtime' Lakers but saw his career cut short by a bicycling injury, died on Sept. 25 at the age of 83.

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Tommy McDonald, Sept. 24

Tommy McDonald was the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship. His cause of death was not disclosed. He was 84.

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Mike Labinjo, Sept. 22

Mike Labinjo, a former standout linebacker for Michigan State lfrom 2000-03 who went on to play in the NFL and CFL, died Sept. 22. Labinjo, who played in Super Bowl XXXIX for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005, was 38. Cause of death has not been released.

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Celia Barquin Arozamena, Sept. 17

Iowa State golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22 and a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was killed while she played at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

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Richard DeVos, Sept. 6

Orlando Magic senior chairman Richard DeVos, who has owned the franchise since 1991, died Thursday morning at age 92, the team announced on its website. “Complications from an infection” was listed as the cause of death. The Magic won five division championships and made two trips to the NBA Finals with DeVos as owner.

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Ab McDonald, Sept. 4

Former Chicago Blackhawks star Ab McDonald, center, died at 82 on Sept. 4. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 1961 finals against Detroit.

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'Doc' Edwards, Aug. 20

Howard Rodney "Doc" Edwards, a major league catcher who went on to manage the Cleveland Indians for three seasons in the 1980s, died Aug. 20 at age 81. Cause of death was not released.

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Bob Bass, Aug. 17

Bob Bass, whose personnel decisions and advice to team owners as general manager left an indelible mark on the Spurs during their first two decades, died at his San Antonio home. He was 89. Bass was hospitalized Aug. 6 after suffering a stroke. On Aug. 13, he returned home to enter hospice care after suffering a second stroke, his granddaughter Blair Bass-Percle said.

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Paul Naumoff, Aug. 17

Paul Naumoff, a linebacker for the Detroit Lions from 1967-78 who was named to the Pro Bowl in 1970 after starring at the University of Tennessee, died Aug. 17 in Lenoir City, Tenn. The cause of death was not released.

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Jarrod Lyle, Aug. 8

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle, who won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 36.

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Nicholas Bett, Aug. 8

Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan runner who won the 2015 world championship title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash in the country's famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said. He was 28.

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Stan Mikita, Aug. 7

Chicago Blackhawks center and long-time captain Stan Mikita died on Aug. 7 at 78. Mikita is the team's career leader for assists (926), points (1,467) and games (1,394), and is second to Bobby Hull with 541 goals. Mikita became the first player to have his jersey retired by the Blackhawks in 1980. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.

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Tom Heckert, Aug. 5

Tom Heckert, who served as the Cleveland Browns general manager, passed away after a long illness. He was 51.

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Vibeke Skofterud, July 29

Olympic cross-country skiing gold medallist Vibeke Skofterud died in a jet-ski accident, in southern Norway. She was 38.

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Bruce Lietzke, July 28

Bruce Lietzke, who won 13 PGA Tour events, succumbed to brain cancer on Saturday. He was 67.

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Tyrone Moss, July 26

Former Miami Hurricanes running back Tyrone Moss died Thursday night at the age of 33, the school's athletic department confirmed in a tweet Friday morning.

Moss was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2005 and ran for 1,942 yards and 26 touchdowns at Miami. A spate of injuries slowed him toward the end of his career, however, and he ultimately never played a snap in the NFL.

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Rene Portland, July 22

Rene Portland, who coached Penn State's women's basketball team to national prominence, died July 22 after a three-year fight with cancer. She was 65.

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Tony Sparano, July 22

Sparano served as the head coach of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011, and interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014. He was working as the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line coach when he passed away at age 56.

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Don McAuliffe, July 14

Don McAuliffe, the star running back and captain for Michigan State's undefeated 1952 national championship team, has died. He was 90.

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Gabe Rivera, July 16

Former Texas Tech and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Gabriel Rivera died at the age of 57. Rivera, the first-round draft choice of the Steelers in 1983, reportedly became ill due to a perforated bowel. Rivera, a paraplegic, was also dealing with a perforated colon.

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Mike Kudla, July 15

Mike Kudla was an All-Big Ten defensive end and Ohio State's most valuable player on defense in 2005. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent, but injuries cut short his career. Kudla was 34.

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Ray Emery, July 15

Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Nicknamed "Razor" for his aggressive style, Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks from 2003-2015. He was 35.

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Len Chappell, July 12

Chappell was a two-time ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest and an All-Star in the NBA with the New York Knicks. He passed away at 77.​

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Darryl Rogers, July 10

Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83. 

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Billy Knight, July 8

Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight died after filming a suicide video he released earlier in the day, and some details surrounding the matter are emerging. According to TMZ Sports, Knight was arrested on June 14 in Phoenix, Ariz., for alleged child sex abuse. He was being charged with “multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child.” The alleged victim was only nine years old. Knight, who was facing six felonies, ended his life Sunday, July 8.

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Frank Ramsey, July 8

Frank Ramsey, an All-American at Kentucky and member of seven NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics, died on July 8. He was 86.

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Alan Gilzean, July 8

Retired striker Alan Gilzean, who scored 133 goals in 439 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur from 1964-74 and helped the club win the UEFA Cup in 1972, died from a brain tumor July 8. He was 79.

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Tyler Honeycutt, July 7

Former UCLA and Sacramento Kings basketball player, Tyler Honeycutt, has died following a standoff with police. Los Angeles police said Honeycutt "appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Honeycutt was 27.

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Clifford Rozier, July 6

Former NBA player, Clifford Rozier, has died following a heart attack. He was 45. Rozier had been fighting for his life for the last few days but succumbed to his condition in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida. 

Golden State selected the 6-foot-11 Rozier 16th overall out of Louisville. He played 66 games with the Warriors in 1994-95, 59 in 1995-96 and one in 1996.

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Irena Szewinska, June 29

Irena Szewinska, a Polish sprinter who dominated women's athletics for two decades, winning seven Olympic medals, and who later became a member of the International Olympic Committee, has died at 72.

Szewinska's husband and former coach, Janusz Szewinski, said his wife died shortly before midnight Friday in a Warsaw hospital after a battle with cancer.

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John Ward, June 20

John Ward, the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades, has died. He was 88.

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Peter Thomson, June 20

Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, has died. He was 88.

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Hubert Green, June 19

Hubert Green, a two-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Famer, passed away, succumbing to complications from throat cancer. Green was 71.

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Dutch Rennert, June 18

Dutch Rennert, a National League umpire from 1973 to 1992, who was known for his animated, booming strike calls, has died. He was 88.

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Walter Bahr, June 18

Walter Bahr was the last living member of US men's soccer team that upset England at the World Cup​. He was 91. His sons, Matt and Chris, were kickers in the NFL.

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Keith Fahnhorst, June 14

A two-time Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL All-Pro offensive lineman, Keith Fahnhorst played 14 seasons in the league with the San Francisco 49ers. He was 66 years old.

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Anne Donovan, June 13

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

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Tom McEwen, June 10

Tom McEwen, one of the most iconic figures in NHRA history, died at 81. McEwen won just five NHRA races, yet helped elevate the sport’s status when he came up with the idea of building a rivalry with Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme by acquiring the moniker of ‘The Mongoose.'

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Maria Bueno, June 8

Maria Bueno, a Brazilian tennis great, who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women's tennis, has died after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.​

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Red Schoendienst, June 6

Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died at 95.

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C. M. Newton, June 4

Hall of Fame coach and administrator C.M. Newton, 88, dies

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Dwight Clark, June 4

Legendary San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark died after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Clark was 61.

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Bruce Kison, June 2

Former major league pitcher Bruce Kison, who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to World Series titles in 1971 and 1979 (winning the first night World Series game in 1971) before becoming a major league scout, died of cancer. He was 68.

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Neale Cooper, May 28

Scottish soccer legend and former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper​​ died at age 54.

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Bill Mallory, May 25

Mallory is the winningest coach in University of Indiana football ​history, leading the Hoosiers to six bowl appearances from 1984-96. He also coached at Colorado, Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois. He died from a brain injury suffered in a fall. He was 82.​

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Carol Mann, May 21

World Golf Hall of Fame member Carol Mann, who won 38 LPGA tournaments including two major championships, died at her home in the Woodlands, Texas, on May 21. She was 77.

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Billy Cannon, May 20

Billy Cannon, LSU's former running back and only Heisman Trophy winner, died in his home on Sunday. He died at 80.

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Mike Slive, May 16

Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who led the league to unprecedented success both on and off the field and managed its growth from a regional conference to national giant during his 13-year tenure, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness​.

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Doug Ford, May 14

Doug Ford, who died at the age of 95, was the oldest surviving Masters champion. He won the green jacket in 1957, taking home PGA Tour in the same year. He won 19 times on the tour.

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Jlloyd Samuel, May 15

The soccer pro's career included stints in England's Premier League with Aston Villa and the Bolton Wanderers. Samuel also played in Iran, and represented England and Trinidad & Tobago internationally. He was killed in a car crash at the age of 37. ​

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Mike Drass, May 14

Wesley College head coach Mike Drass, who guided the Wolverines to the NCAA Division III semifinals six times during his 26 seasons, died at the age of 57.

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​Chuck Knox, May 13

Longtime NFL coach Chuck Knox padded away at 86 after a lengthy battle with dementia. A three-time NFL Coach of the Year, Knox won 186 games as the head coach of the L.A. Rams, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks from 1973-1994.

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Billy Brewer​, May 12

Former Mississippi football coach, Billy Brewer died at the age of 83 after battling complications from a stroke he suffered in February. 

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Bill Torrey, May 3

Bill Torrey, the general manager of the New York Islanders when they won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s and the first president of the Florida Panthers, died Thursday. The Panthers and the NHL announced Torrey's death. He was 83.

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James Hylton, April 28

James Hylton, the 1966 NASCAR rookie of the year, was killed in an auto accident in Georgia on Saturday. Hylton was 83. His son James Harvey Hylton Jr. also was killed in the accident on I-85 in Franklin County, Ga. No other details were available.

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Bennie Cunningham, April 23

Bennie Cunningham, a versatile tight end who starred at Clemson and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died of cancer April 23. He was 63.

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Davey Nelson​, April 22

Davey Nelson, a Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster and former All-Star infielder who also coached in the majors, died April 22 after a long illness. He was 73.

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Kona Schwenke, April 22

Kona Schwenke, a Kahuku graduate who played on the defensive line for Notre Dame and in the NFL, died at the age of 25.

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Gil Santos, April 19

Gill Santos (left), served as the radio play-by-play announcer of the New England Patriots for 36 seasons, calling six of the team's Super Bowl appearances. He passed away on his 80th birthday and 57th wedding anniversary.

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Hal Greer, April 14

A member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Greer was a 10-time NBA All-Star and retired as the Philadelphia 76ers' all-time leading scorer. He passed away at 81 years old after a brief illness.​

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Daryl Thomas, March 29

Daryl Thomas, who was a starter on Indiana’s 1987 NCAA basketball championship team died from a heart attack at age 52.

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Rusty Staub, March 29

Beloved Mets' icon Rusty Staub passed away at age 73. A prolific hitter, Staub compiled a lifetime .279 average with 2,716 hits, 292 homers, 499 doubles and a major league record-tying 25 pinch hit RBI in 2,951 games over 23 seasons with Houston, the Montreal Expos, Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers from 1963-85.

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Zeke Upshaw, March 26

Upshaw, who played college basketball at Illinois State and Hofstra, collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game while playing for the Grand Rapids Drive. He was taken to the hospital and died two days later at 26 years old.

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H. Wayne Huizenga, March 22

Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment and AutoNation passed away on March 22. He was also the former owner of the Miami Dolphins, a founding owner of the Florida Marlins and owner of the Florida Panthers. 

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Ed Charles, March 16

Ed Charles, who was a contributor to the Mets’ first World Series-winning team in 1969 and was nicknamed 'the Glider' for his smooth play at third base, died Thursday, according to the team. He was 84.

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Tom Benson, March 15

A successful auto dealer who bought the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 1985 and brought the franchise its only Super Bowl title, Benson also owned the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans since 2012. The 90-year-old had been hospitalized with flu symptoms before his death.

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Augie Garrido, March 15

Augie Garrido, who won five College World Series titles with two schools and still ranks No. 1 on the career victories list in college baseball, died at the age of 79.

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Woody Durham, March 7

Broadcasting legend Woody Durham, known as "The Voice of the Tar Heels," passed away at his home from complications from Primary Progressive Aphasia. He was 76. He grew up  just outside Chapel Hill, graduated from North Carolina in 1963, and called games from 1971 to 2011. 

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Roger Bannister, March 4

Sir Roger Bannister, first person to run a mile in under four minutes dies at 88.

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Blain Padgett, March 2

Rice defensive end Blain Padgett died in his apartment. He was 21. Padgett recorded a defensive line-best 41 tackles in 2016 and had 3.5 career sacks. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder saw a shoulder injury limit him to just three games in 2017.

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Fred Carr, Feb. 19

Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Fred Carr passed away at 71. 
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Sergei Litvinov, Feb. 19

Russian hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov, who won a silver medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and a gold at the 1998 Seoul Olympics passed away at the age of 60.

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Tito Francona, Feb. 14

Tito Francona, former Cleveland Indians outfielder and father of Terry Francona, passed away at the age of 84 at his home in New Brighton, England. 
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Wally Moon, Feb. 10

Moon, was a two-time All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers who died Saturday morning at age 87.

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Rasual Butler, Jan. 31

Former NBA player Rasual Butler died in a car crash on Jan. 31 in Studio City, Calif., Butler, a forward who averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, played 13 seasons in the NBA for eight teams. 

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Oscar Gamble, Jan. 31

Oscar Gamble, who played outfield and designated hitter for 17 seasons in the majors, died at 68.
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Kevin Towers, Jan. 30

Kevin Towers, a longtime baseball executive who assembled playoff teams in San Diego and Arizona, died of cancer at the age 56.

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Jerry Sneva, Jan. 27

Jerry Sneva, the 1977 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, died last weekend at the age of 68.

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Chameka Scott, Jan. 21

​Former Baylor women's basketball player Chameka Scott died of cancer at 33. Scott helped the Lady Bears win the program's first national championship in 2005, when she started 35 of the 36 games.​

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Jim Johannson, Jan. 21

USA Hockey Executive Jim Johannson died in his sleep unexpectadly in his Colorado home. He died at 53. 

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Red Fisher, Jan. 19

Red Fisher a.k.a Saul Fisher the chronicler of Montreal hockey whose career spanned over seven decade. He died at 91.

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Jo Jo White, Jan. 16

NBA Hall of Famer and Celtics legend JoJo White died Tuesday after a battle with cancer according to multiple reports. He was 71.

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Tyler Hilinski, Jan. 16

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in an apartment in Pullman, Washington on Tuesday, 16th January 2018.

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Cyrille Regis, Jan. 15

Cyrille Regis, former West Brom and England striker, dies at age 59. 

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Doug Harvey, Jan. 14

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey died Jan. 13 due to natural causes. He was 87.

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Dan Gurney, Jan. 14

American motorsport legend Dan Gurney, 86, died on Jan. 14  from complications related to pneumonia. Gurney was the first driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR.

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Keith Jackson, Jan. 12

Keith Jackson, the legendary broadcaster who spent 56 years calling college football, including 15 Rose Bowls, died at 89. His final game before he retired was the 2006 thriller between USC and Texas at the famed game in Pasadena.

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Carmen Cozza, Jan. 4

Carmen Cozza, who coached Yale for 32 seasons and led the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy League titles, was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He died at 87.

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Former NBA Coach Fred \'Tex\' Winter Dies At 96

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Former NBA Coach Fred \'Tex\' Winter Dies At 96

Former NBA Coach Fred \'Tex\' Winter Dies At 96

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Former NBA Coach Fred \'Tex\' Winter Dies At 96