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Notable sports deaths in 2019

A look at those athletes, coaches and sports personalities we lost in 2019.

'Mean' Gene Okerlund

Gene Okerlund attends the WWE screening of "Legends'
Photo Credit: Getty Images for WWE/Bryan Bedder

'Mean' Gene Okerlund, a WWE Hall of Famer who rose to fame as an announcer and interviewer, died at age 76, WWE announced on Jan. 2.

Tyler Trent

In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, Central
Photo Credit: AP/John Terhune

Tyler Trent, a former Purdue University student and college football super fan who inspired many with his battle against cancer, died on Jan. 1. He was 20.

Mel Stottlemyre

Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees ace turned pitching coach
Photo Credit: Paul J. Bereswill

Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees ace turned pitching coach for both New York teams, died at the age of 77 on Jan. 13, 2019. The Yankees said Stottlemyre died of complications from multiple myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer.


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