Most Tragic Deaths In the World of Sports

The Top Ten Most Tragic Deaths In the World of Sports

1 Dale Earnhardt 2001 Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr., known professionally as Dale Earnhardt, was an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR.

Absolutely no one saw this coming

Horrible death could have been better if he had not died

Car crash during race - dodog619

2 Len Bias 1986 Leonard Kevin "Len" Bias was a first-team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland.
3 1972 Israel Olympic Team
4 Kenny McKinley 2009
5 Roberto Clemente 1972

Spending much of his winters helping others through charity work, he hopped on a plane to aid the earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Unfortunately the plane had a history of mechanical issues and a substandard flight crew, plus was overloaded by 4200 pounds. All of this led to the plane crashing into the Atlantic Ocean. Clemente's body, still to this day, has not been found.

6 Pat Tillman 2004

Died in war (although reports have said friendly fire) - dodog619

7 Thurman Munson 1979
8 Drazen Petrovich 1993

Brutal car accident - 2storm

9 Hank Gathers 1990

Collapsed during basketball game - dodog619

10 Chris Henry 2009

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11 Munich Air Disaster, 1958

Manchester United Football Team nicknamed the 'Busty Babes' & some journalists were on board a plane from Munich to Manchester when it crashed attempting to take off. 20 out of 44 people on board died. One survivor was Sir Bobby Charlton, who later won the World Cup with England.

12 Owen Hart 1999 Owen James Hart was a Canadian-American professional and amateur wrestler who worked for several promotions including Stampede Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and most notably, the World Wrestling Federation, where he wrestled under both his own name, and ring name more.
13 Oscar Taveras 2014
14 Jose Fernandez 2016
15 Ray Chapman 1920
16 Kim Duk-koo 1982
17 Reggie Lewis 1993
18 Jules Bianchi 2014
19 Gilles Villeneuve 1982
20 Kobe Bryant 2020
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