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Notable sports deaths in 2018

A look at those athletes, coaches and sports personalities we lost in 2018.

John “Tito” Francona

Former major leaguer John
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Former major leaguer John "Tito" Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at the age of 84. The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

Edwin Jackson

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of
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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of two men killed early Sunday, Feb. 5, 2018, when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis, the team and police said.

Rasual Butler

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler, 38, and his
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Former NBA forward Rasual Butler, 38, and his wife, 31-year-old Leah LaBelle Vladowski, were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

Oscar Gamble

Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home
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Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs and over 17 seasons including seven with the Yankees, died of a rare tumor of the jaw on Jan. 31, 2018. He was 68.

Kevin Towers

Kevin Towers, a former general manager for the
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Kevin Towers, a former general manager for the Padres and Diamondbacks, died from complications of cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at a hospital in San Diego, his friend and former agent Barry Axelrod said. He was 56.

Chameka Scott

Former Baylor women's basketball player Chameka Scott died
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Former Baylor women's basketball player Chameka Scott died of cancer on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, the school announced. The 33-year-old Scott helped the Lady Bears win the program's first national championship in 2005, when she started 35 of the 36 games. She hit all three of her shots and had four rebounds in the NCAA title game against Michigan State.

Jim Johannson

Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S.
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Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, died on Jan. 21, 2018, just ahead of the Pyeongchang Games. He was 53. Johannson passed away in his sleep that morning, according to USA Hockey.

Tyler Hilinski

Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State, was
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Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State, was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn't show up for practice. The Pullman Police Department says a rifle "was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found."

Jo Jo White

Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with
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Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, an Olympic gold medalist and a Basketball Hall of Famer, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Celtics announced. He was 71. No cause was provided.

Dan Gurney

Dan Gurney, the first driver to win in
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Dan Gurney, the first driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR, died Jan. 14, 2018, from complications of pneumonia, his wife announced in a statement distributed by All American Racers, Inc. He was 86.

Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson, whose signature phrases like
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Keith Jackson, whose signature phrases like "Whoa, Nelly!" made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster, died Jan. 12, 2018. He was 89.

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