8 Most Tragic Sports Related Deaths

Posted by Deepak Mamgain in Sports On 7th October 2016

While sports maybe viewed as a source of fun and entertainment by some people, majority of audience are diehard fans. Professional sportspersons train relentlessly and push their bodies to the extreme level. They test their limits not only to be better than others but also for their fans. However, this can lead to undue stress, sometimes which their body can’t handle. Certain sports involve high risks due to the increasing competition among sportsmen. These often lead to accidents, a few being so catastrophic that death is the end result. Here are some of the most tragic sports related deaths.

Introduction

While sports maybe viewed as a source of fun and entertainment by some people, majority of audience are diehard fans. Professional sportspersons train relentlessly and push their bodies to the extreme level. They test their limits not only to be better than others but also for their fans. However, this can lead to undue stress, sometimes which their body can't handle. Certain sports involve high risks due to the increasing competition among sportsmen. These often lead to accidents, a few being so catastrophic that death is the end result. Here are some of the most tragic sports related deaths.

#1 Tom Simpson

Thomas Simpson was one of Britain's most successful professional cyclists. He was competing in the 1967 Tour de France after a gap of two years. Since the beginning of the race, he was not feeling well. During the 13th stage of the race, he fell off his bike in Mont Ventoux and died at the age of 29.

#2 Benny Paret

Benny "the Kid" Paret was a Cuban welterweight boxer who won the world welterweight title twice in the early 1960s. During the 12th round of his match against Emile Griffith, Griffith cornered him and punched him 24 times. He lost his conscious and died 10 days later in the hospital.

#3 Chris Benoit.

Chris Benoit was a Canadian professional wrestler. During his 22 year career, he held 22 titles. Benoit, his wife Nancy and their 7 year old Daniel were found dead in their home on June 25, 2007. It was discovered that he killed them on June 22 and hanged himself two days later.

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