Top 10 Athletes Who Died Too SoonMay all these athletes who left us too soon rest in peace.
The Brazilian driver was considered the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. Sadly, he died tragically after a horrible accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, seen on live TV by millions of viewers. He was 34 years old.
This Cameroonian football/soccer player died after collapsing on the pitch during a 2003 Confederations Cup game. Sadly, he couldn't be brought back to life. He was 28 years old.
This Kenyan long-distance runner currently holds the world record in the marathon, which he achieved in October 2023. Sadly, he died in February 2024 just when he had the opportunity to make an even bigger impact at the 2024 Olympics. A road accident took his life as well as his coach's. He was only 24 years old.
Lou Gehrig was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Sadly, he contracted ALS, which forced him to retire in 1939 at age 36. He died two years later.
This French swimmer, who won the Olympic gold medal in 2012, was killed in a helicopter accident in Argentina in 2015 while she was shooting a reality TV show alongside French boxer Alexis Vastine and French sailor Florence Arthaud, who also died in the crash. Camille Muffat had retired from sports in 2014. She was only 25 years old.
The Yugoslavian-Croatian basketball player, who played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Jersey Nets (now known as the Brooklyn Nets), was killed in a car accident in 1993 at age 28.
This American football player died in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day 2007 after he finished his second season with the Denver Broncos. He was only 24 years old.
The greatest basketball player (alongside Michael Jordan) was 1 of the victims of a helicopter crash on January 26th 2020. This was truly a horrible way to start the 2020's. What adds to that was his daughter Gianna Bryant was also a victim of the crash. R.I.P. to them.
This Argentinian football/soccer player died in a plane crash in January 2019 at age 28 while he was transferring from FC Nantes to Cardiff City.
This Italian soccer player died from a heart attack in March 2018 at only 31 years old.
A Venezuelan professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2010. He committed suicide after being arrested for killing his wife. Rest in Peace (1981-2010).
He was an American professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2001 and subsequently worked as a boxing trainer. He was a four-weight world champion, winning titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight, the undisputed lightweight title, and the lineal lightweight and welterweight titles. He was run over by a vehicle. Rest in Peace (1964-2019).
This American track and field athlete died in 2023 from complications related to childbirth. She was 32 years old.
What a tragic destiny for this once promising young basketball player. In 1986, he was selected by the Boston Celtics. Two days later, he died of cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose. He could have been a great player, but he threw it all away. He was only 22 years old. Rest in Peace (1963-1986).
In 1994, the Colombia national team played the FIFA World Cup and got knocked out of the group stage, with Andrés Escobar scoring an own-goal that sealed Colombia's fate. Upon his return to Colombia on July 2nd 1994, Escobar was fatally shot, presumably as retaliation for his own-goal. He was 27 years old.
He was the 2018 GP3 Series champion as well as a member of the Renault Sport Academy. He was killed in an accident during the feature race of the 2019 Spa-Francorchamps Formula 2 round at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Rest in Peace (1996-2019).