The death of the star atheltes below cause sorrow and pain to their fans all over the world.
Len Bias Died Two Days After He Was Drafted By The Boston Celtics
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One of the most dominant college basketball players at the time, the former Maryland star was on his way to greatness. But, two days after being drafted, Bias died from a cocaine overdose.
It’s hard to imagine what the team would have looked like with Bias on the court with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish.
Bill Barilko Disappeared In 1951, But Was Found In 1962
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In 1951, Bill Barilko disappeared on a fishing trip. The last goal he scored was when he helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
Eleven years later, a pilot discovered parts from Barilko’s crash. The incident would become a song “Fifty Mission Cap” by Canadian band The Tragically Hip.
Jose Fernandez Was On His Way To Becoming A Star In The Majors
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From 2013 to 2016, Jose Fernandez was an emerging star who was going to be one of the best pitchers in the game.
After having Tommy John Surgery, 2016 would be his last season. Fernandez and two others were killed in a boat crash two weeks before the end of the season. Years before Fernandez, one baseball player wanted to make a difference, but ended up in a plane crashed. The story behind Roberto Clemente is just ahead.
Andres Escobar Was Gunned Down After His World Cup Blunder
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The Colombian scored on his own goal during the 1994 World Cup. The mistake would lead to a victory for the United States.
However, Escobar was hated for what he did, and just a few days after, he and some friends went out. He was shot and murdered because of a mistake on the pitch.
Pelle Lindbergh’s Blood Alcohol Level Was Double The Legal Limit
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The former Flyers goalie was the NHL’s Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s best goalie. Shortly after winning the award, Lindbergh was killed in a single-car crash.
His blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit at the time the accident had occurred.
Roberto Clemente’s Plane Crashed When Flying To Nicaragua
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When Nicaragua was hit by an Earthquake, Roberto Clemente felt compelled to act on it. So, he arranged to go there himself to provide relief for the people.
However, the plane never landed as it crashed on New Year’s Eve in 1972. Today, MLB awards the Roberto Clemente Award for a players contributions on-and-off the baseball field. A football player was a called a hero after turning down a contract to serve for the army. Find out who that hero was shortly.
Tim Richmond Suffered The Same Fate As Freddie Mercury
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Everyone knows about Dale Earnhardt, but not so much about Tim Richmond. He won 13 races over his career, but at the end of 1986, Richmond wasn’t feeling right.
As it turns out, he was eventually diagnosed with AIDS. He would have one more victory at the Budweiser 400 in 1987, but ultimately lost the battle in 1989.
Camille Muffat Was Competing On A Reality Show When The Helicopter Crashed
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The French swimmer was a three-time Olympic medalist by the time she was 25-years-old. While participating on a reality show called Dropped, something bad happened.
The helicopter she was riding in colliding with another helicopter mid-air. Muffat crashed, along with nine other people competing on the show.
Pat Tillman Declined a $3.6 Million Contract To Join The Army
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The safety would trade in the football cleats for the camouflage after 9/11. Tillman served in both Afghanistan and Iraq before he was killed in a friendly fire incident in 2004.
His bravery has become a cornerstone tale of heroism in America and the sports world as well. The next football player ahead didn’t join the army, but it was one of the most heartbreaking stories in the NFL. More on that later.
Sarah Burke Sustained Injuries After Her Crash
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The Canadian skier suffered so serious injuries while practicing. Unfortunately, she fell on her head and went into cardiac arrest moments after it happened.
She was a four-time Winter X Games medalist and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005.