The Top 10 Most Notable Sports Deaths of Our Era

An old Michael Jackson poster at last week's candlelight vigil in Duncanville.
An old Michael Jackson poster at last week's candlelight vigil in Duncanville.
Patrick Michels

I grew up with Michael Jackson. Had his Off the Wall album cover tacked - that's right, tacked - to my bedroom wall. As a senior member of the 1982 Duncanville Panthers' basketball team - district 9-5A champs, look it up - I picked "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" as our pre-game layup line music.

I'll always remember where I was - Mavericks' draft, Old No. 7 Club - when I heard the news that the King of Pop/Weird had died.

Got me to thinking about other notable deaths in my lifetime, particularly sports passings. What do you know? I happen to have 10 of 'em.


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