Norman Hetherington

December 6, 2010: Norman Hetherington, 89, Australian cartoonist and puppeteer who created the popular and enduring ABC children's television character Mr Squiggle.
Link: Courier-Mail

Don Meredith

December 5, 2010: Joseph Don Meredith, 72, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and longtime on-air foil to NFL broadcasting legend Howard Cosell on ABC's Monday Night Football.
Link: NY Times

Ron Santo

December 3, 2010: Ron Santo, 70, Chicago Cubs baseball legend and radio announcer for news station WGN.
Link: Freep

Stathi Katsidis

October 19, 2010: Stathi Katsidis, 31, Brisbane-based Australian jockey, of a suspected drug overdose. He was the brother of world-rated boxer Michael Katsidis.

George Blanda

September 27, 2010: George Blanda, 83, US professional footballer who played a record 26 seasons and was the game's highest scorer at the time of his retirement.
Link: Wikipedia

Alex Higgins

July 24, 2010: Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, 61, Northern Ireland snooker legend, of throat cancer. He was world champion in 1972 and 1982.
Link: BBC

George Steinbrenner

July 13, 2010: George Steinbrenner, 80, US businessman who owned the New York Yankees and was a dominant figure in the sport of baseball for four decades.
Link: NY Daily News

Juan Antonio Samaranch

April 21, 2010: Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89, former International Olympics Committee president, credited with modernising and popularising the event over his long tenure.
Link: CNN

Alec Bedser

April 4, 2010: Sir Alec Bedser, 91, England cricket great who bowled out Australian captain Don Bradman six times, the first for a duck.
Link: Times

Eddie Fatu

December 4, 2009: Eddie "Umga" Fatu, 36, US professional wrestler, of a heart attack.
Links: Fox Sports

Bobby Robson

July 30, 2009: Bobby Robson, British football great.
Links: Guardian

Steve McNair

July 4, 2009: Steve McNair, 36, former US NFL quarterback with the Tennessee Titans, murdered by his girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, 20, who then killed herself.
Links: NY Times

Wayman Tisdale

May 15, 2009: Wayman Tisdale, 44, US basketball star and jazz musician, of cancer.
Links: CNN

Kerryn McCann

December 7, 2008: Kerryn McCann, 41, Australian marathon runner, of breast cancer.
Links: Herald Sun

Dick Turner

June 15, 2008: Dick "Tosser" Turner, 76, Australian rugby league manager and one of the pioneers of the State of Origin concept.
Links: ABC

Bobby Fischer

January 18, 2008: Bobby Fischer, 64, eccentric US world chess champion, regarded by many as the game's best player.
Links: NY Times

George Moore

January 7, 2008: George Moore, 84, Australian horse-racing jockey and trainer.
Links: SMH

Sean Taylor

November 27, 2007: Sean Taylor, 24, US footballer, shot by an intruder. He played safety with the Washington Redskins NFL team.
Links: CNN

Sri Chinmoy

October 11, 2007: Sri Chinmoy, 76, Indian-American spiritual leader, peace campaigner, writer and musician who inspired himself and other athletes to feats of great human strength and endurance.
Links: NY Times

Frank Hyde

September 24, 2007: Frank Hyde, 91, Australian rugby league player who became one of the great commentators of the game.
Links: SMH

Bob Woolmer

March 18, 2007: Bob Woolmer, 58, former England test cricketer and coach of the Pakistan team. Woolmer, who played for England from 1975 to 1981, coached South Africa between 1994 and 1999.
Links: ABC; BBC

Sydney Wooderson

December 21, 2006: Sydney Wooderson, 92, British athlete who broke many world running records - inlcuding the mile record in 1938 - but missed out on Olympic gold due to injury.
Links: The Guardian. Wikipedia.

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