Top 10 Noteworthy Deaths in Sports

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6. Owen Hart:

Owen Hart

Owen Hart was the youngest son of the legendary Hart wrestling family and was destined to be a pro wrestler from the beginning. Hart began training to wrestle just after finishing high school. He was trained in the Dungeon by his father, Stu, and made his pro wrestling debut in 1986.

In 1988, Owen found out that the WWF had grown interested in his immense in-ring skills. His name was the Blue Blazer. He teamed up with his family, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Jim “The Anvil”, and The British Bulldog, to create The Hart Foundation. He had one of the greatest careers, and surely had one ahead of him.

Tragically, he lost his life at Over the Edge, May 23, 1999. As the Blue Blazer, he should have made the entrance like a super hero from the ceiling, but the cable he was connected to either broke or got disconnected and he fell 50 feet into the ring, his head hit a turnbuckle and snapped back. Owen was given CPR in the ring and taken to hospital, where he was declared dead.

 

7. Rob Harris:

Rob Harris

Rob Harris was a skysurfing world champion of 1994 and 1995. He died in an accident while shooting for Mountain Dew 0087 commercial. The man was just at the height of his career and could have achieved greatness if it were not for his untimely death.

 

8. Dan Wheldon:

Dan Wheldon

The two-time Indy 500 winner died in a fiery crash at the season-closing of the Las Vegas Indy 300. Wheldon, 33, was a part of a 15-car pileup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car going airborne on Lap 11. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he died 2 hours later.

Wheldon, born in Britain, was the first IndyCar driver to die on the track since rookie Paul Dana was killed in practice. He won the 2005 and 2011 Indy 500s and was named the the 2005 IndyCar Series champion. He was a memorable athlete, amassing altogether 16 wins throughout his career.

 

9. Rick Rypien:

Rick Rypien

Rypien was found dead at his home in August of 2011. He suffered from depression and cause of death was suicide.

He played only nine games with Vancouver in the 2010 season and spent most of the year dealing with personal issues. Throughout his career, he had 9 goals, 7 assists and 226 penalty minutes. A memorable player indeed!

 

10. Margo Dydek:

Margo Dydek

Margo Dydek was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 WNBA draft. She died after suffering a heart attack. The 7-foot-2 Dydek led the WNBA in blocks nine times — from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2005-07 up until her retirement in 2008.

At the time of death, she was pregnant with her third child and was placed in a medically induced hospital. She never regained consciousness and died 8 days later. As Dydek was early in her pregnancy, the baby died as well.

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