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Jeret Peterson, Olympic medalist, commits suicide 29

Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (December 12, 1981 – July 25, 2011) was an American World Cup aerial skier from Boise, Idaho, skiing out of Bogus Basin. A three-time Olympian, he won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Jeret Peterson cause of death
On July 25, 2011, Peterson was found dead in Lambs Canyon, Utah. The cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Three days previously, Peterson had been arrested for driving while intoxicated. In Italy, he was still reeling from the suicide of a friend named Trevor Fernald, who had committed suicide and been found by Peterson only months before. Peterson also had problems with alcohol and depression and admitted he had his own thoughts of suicide, all stemming from a childhood in which he was sexually abused and lost his 5-year-old sister to a drunk driver.

Speedy Peterson with The Hurricane at Deer Valley

Seve Ballesteros, Golf legend, dies 54

Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros Sota (April 9, 1957 – May 7, 2011) was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1 who was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. He gained attention in the golfing world in 1976, when at the age of 19 he finished second at the British Open. A member of a gifted golfing family, Ballesteros won five major championships between 1979 and 1988, the British Open three times, and The Masters twice. He was also successful in the Ryder Cup, helping the European team to five wins both as a player and captain, and won the World Match Play Championship a record-tying five times. He is best known for his great short game, and his erratic driving of the golf ball. He is generally regarded as the greatest Spanish golfer of all time.

Seve Bellesteros Cause of Death
On 6 May 2011, his family released a press release announcing that Ballesteros's neurological condition had "suffered a severe deterioration". He died within hours of the announcement in the early hours of 7 May 2011. 

Tiger Woods said of Ballesteros that he was "one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game"

Don Meredith, "Monday Night Football", former Dallas Cowboy, dies 72

Joseph Don "Dandy Don" Meredith (April 10, 1938 – December 5, 2010) was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He played nine full seasons in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys.

Death of Don Meredith
Don Meredith died on December 5, 2010, at the age of 72 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Andy Irons, three-time world champion Surfer, found dead 32

* Andy Irons is a surfing world's super star - equivalent to Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods.

Andy Irons (July 24,1978 – November 2, 2010) was a professional surfer. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii, and won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003, 2004, 2005), two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006 and 2007) and 19 elite tour victories. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro in Tahiti.

Death of Andy Irons
Irons died on November 2, 2010; according to The Association of Surfing Professionals, "he had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease." Professor Robert Booy, an infectious disease academic, was suspicious of this, saying that dengue fever deaths are rare. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, in his hotel room was found the painkiller methadone and the sedative zolpidem. Investigators have ruled out foul play as a cause. He was found lying on the bed on his back by two hotel staff after he had failed to respond to knock on the door and they went in to investigate

Broncos wideout Kenny McKinley commits suicide 23

Kenny McKinley (January 31, 1987 – September 20, 2010) was an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

Denver Broncos
McKinley was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round, 5th pick (141st overall) during the 2009 NFL Draft. McKinley played in eight games in 2009 as a kick returner. He returned seven kicks for a total of 158 yards. He also recorded 3 special teams tackles.

He was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on December 28, 2009.

Death of Kenny McKinley
McKinley was found dead on September 20, 2010, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was reported as a suicide by local media, and later confirmed by members of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's office. He was found in the second floor master bedroom of his home.

George Steinbrenner, Yankees owner, died of heart attack, 80

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 - July 13, 2010) is a businessman and owner and former principal executive of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries have made him one of the sport's most controversial figures.

Steinbrenner is known as a hands-on executive, earning the nickname "The Boss." His tendency to meddle in daily on-field decisions, and to hire and fire (and sometimes re-hire) managers led then-Yankees skipper Dallas Green to give him the derisive nickname "Manager George."

During Steinbrenner's ownership since 1973, the longest in club history, the Yankees have earned 11 pennants and 7 World Series titles.

Death of George Steinbrenner
George Steinbrenner died of heart attack.
George Steinbrenner was 80 years old at the time of his death

Merlin Olsen, NFL Hall of Famer, Actor on "The Little House" dies 69

Merlin Jay Olsen
Born     September 15, 1940 Logan, Utah
Died     March 10, 2010 (aged 69) Duarte, California

Merlin Olsen was a former American football player in the National Football League and an actor. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was elected to the Pro Bowl  in 14 of those seasons, a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy, playing the title role of a traveling priest.

NFL Career
Olsen played professionally (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. A leading defensive star of his era, he missed only two games in his 15-season NFL career. He was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1962 and was First-team All-Pro in 1964, and 1966 through 1970. He was voted Second-team All-Pro in 1965, 1973 and 1974.

Acting Career
He also enjoyed success as an actor. When Little House on the Prairie actor Victor French left to star in his own comedy Carter Country in 1977, Olsen was tapped to play Michael Landon's new sidekick Jonathan Garvey for several years. One memorable quote from Merlin during the series, "I don't know nothin' bout football!" was when Charles and Jonathan were to coach a boys football team. A couple of years later, Landon cast Olsen as the eponymous Father Murphy.

Illness and Death of Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma  in 2009  and underwent three courses of chemotherapy. In January 2010 he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos.  Merlin's brother Orrin Olsen announced that he died on March 11, 2010, aged 69, following Merlin's brief battle with cancer.

Merlin Olsen on LIttle House on the Prairie

Cincinnati Bengals Chris Henry died from a fall from a pickup truck 26

Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who played five years in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Death of Chris Henry
On December 16, 2009, Henry was involved in a car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he sustained life-threatening injuries. Charlotte police stated that Henry fell out the back of his fiancee's moving truck while engaging in a domestic dispute with her. On December 17, 2009, Charlotte police announced that Henry had died at 6:36 a.m. ET. No cause of death was immediately released.

Henry had been involved in a string of legal troubles during his professional career, which include several arrests for such offenses as driving under the influence, marijuana possession, assault, and criminal damage. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2008 season.

Steve McNair, Ex-NFL QuarterBack, murdered 36

NFL deathSteve LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 - July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Houston Oilers third overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alcorn State.

McNair was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was the Co-AP NFL MVP in 2003.

Death of Steve McNair
On July 4, 2009, McNair was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head, along with a female victim, 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head, in a condominium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville police declared McNair's death a homicide on July 5, but did not reach a conclusion about the death of Kazemi

Police have not yet made a statement as to who is suspected of the killings,. Initial media reports erroneously indicated McNair's was a murder-suicide. Police were not seeking any suspects in either death.

Two days before their deaths, Kazemi was pulled over in a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade in Nashville with McNair in the passenger seat. The vehicle was registered to both McNair and Kazemi. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. McNair was not arrested and instead allowed to leave in a taxi

Career highlights and awards
3× Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2003, 2005)
All-Pro selection (2003)
2003 Co-AP NFL MVP
1994 Walter Payton Award 

Nick Adenhart, Angel's Rising Young Star Pitcher, Killed in hit-and-run

Nicholas James Adenhart (August 24, 1986 - April 9, 2009, born in Silver Spring, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He made his major league debut as the starting pitcher on May 1, 2008, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California.

Adenhart earned his first career victory on May 12, 2008, against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, giving up four earned runs in 5? innings en route to a 10-7 Angels victory.

He opened the 2009 season in the Angels' major league rotation.

Death of Nick Adenhart
Nick Adenhart was killed in a felony hit-and-run car accident, mere hours after he pitched in a game. Police reported that an individual driving a minivan blew through a red light, causing a 2 car crash which killed 3 people, including Adenhart. It was also reported that the the person driving the van fled the scene, but was later caught and charged with felony hit-and-run, and that one of the other men killed in the crash was also affiliated with the Angels organization. Adenhart was 22-years-old.

Freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Lusk dies 24

Jeremy Lusk (November 24, 1984 - February 9, 2009) was an American freestyle motocross racer from San Diego, California.

He won gold and silver medals at the 2008 X Games. He won a bronze helmet in the 2008 Moto X World Championships.

Death of Jeremy Lusk
On February 7, 2009, Lusk crashed while attempting to land a Hart Attack backflip in a freestyle motocross competition in Costa Rica. He died of head injuries on February 10, 2009. At the time of his death, he lived in Temecula, California.

* There are Jeremy Lusk's videos of the accident at youtube.  That video will not be posted here. 

Jeremy Lusk Interview

Former UFC champion, martial artist Evan Tanner dies 37

Evan Tanner (February 11, 1971 –  September 8, 2008) was an American professional mixed martial arts fighter. He was a former UFC Middleweight and USWF Heavyweight champion with a professional record of 32 wins and 8 losses. He was also the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

Death of Evan Tanner

According to San Diego Union-Tribune, Tanner was found Monday, September 8, 2008 in the Palo Verde mountain area, the Imperial Valley Press has reported.

Tanner, 37, had embarked on a camping trip some time around Sept. 2 into the desert-like region north of Brawley, Calif., approximately two and a half hours east of San Diego.

Sherdog.com has ascertained various unconfirmed reports that Tanner’s body was identified Monday and that relatives have been notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Deana Epperson, who grew up across the street from Tanner and his family in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, said she'd been told that the fighter had texted friends in Oceanside as late as Thursday, telling them that he'd run out of water and gas for his motorcycle. Authorities were then contacted to try and locate the fighter.

Evel Knievel

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Evel KnievelRobert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Knievel's nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the top 20 most-watched ABC's Wide World of Sports events of all time.

His achievements and failures got him into the Guinness Book of World Records several times, including his record forty broken bones.

Death of Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel died of diabetes.
Evel Knievel was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida on November 30, 2007, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Longtime friend Billy Rundle reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. "It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. Superman just doesn't die, right?" was Rundle's reaction

Bill Walsh, 49ers coach

William Ernest "Bill" Walsh (November 30, 1931 – July 30, 2007) was an American head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University, and popularized the West Coast Offense. Walsh went 102-63-1 with the 49ers, winning ten of his fourteen postseason games along with six division titles, three NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowls. He was named the NFL's coach of the year in 1981 and 1984.

Death
Bill Walsh died of leukemia at 10:45 am on July 30, 2007 at his home in Woodside, California. Bill walsh was 75 years old at the time of his death

Super Bowl Wins

  • 1981 Super Bowl XVI
  • 1984 Super Bowl XIX
  • 1988 Super Bowl XXIII

Championships Wins

  • 1981 NFC Championship
  • 1984 NFC Championship
  • 1988 NFC Championship

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Red Auerbach - Legendary basketball coach, Boston Celtics

Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was a highly successful and influential basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics right up until his death. As a coach, he won 938 games (a record at his retirement)[1] and 9 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships, a coaching record shared with Phil Jackson. As general manager and team president of the Celtics, he won an additional 7 NBA titles, for a grand total of 16 in a span of 29 years, making him one of the most successful team officials ever in the history of North American professional sports

Death of Red Auerbach
On October 28, 2006, Auerbach died of a heart attack. NBA commissioner David Stern said "the void by his death will never be filled" and ex-players Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, John Havlicek and Larry Bird as well as contemporaries like Jerry West, Pat Riley and Wayne Embry universally hailed Auerbach as one of the greatest personalities in NBA history. Auerbach was survived by his two daughters, Nancy and Randy. Auerbach was buried in Falls Church, Virginia at the King David Memorial Gardens / National Memorial Park on October 31, 2006.

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