Duke Kahanamoku, a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming who became Hawaii's best-known citizen, dies of a heart attack at age 77.
Ned Irish, the sportswriter and public relations agent who became a force behind the growth of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, dies of a heart attack at 76 in Venice, Fla.
Pete Maravich, the greatest scorer in college basketball history and a five-time All-Star during his 10-year NBA career, dies of a heart attack at 40 after a pickup game in Pasadena.
Jack Chesbro, the only 41-game winner in the 20th century, dies at 56 in Conway, Mass.
Boxing loses two of its greatest competitors on the same day eight years apart when Joe Louis (1981) and Sugar Ray Robinson (1989) pass on.
Woody Hayes, who coached Ohio State to national championships in 1954 and 1968, dies of a heart attack at 74 in a Columbus suburb.
Jackie Robinson dies at 53 after suffering a heart attack in his home in Stamford, Conn.