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Sun Oct 23 08:17:27 CAT 2016

Those who left us during 2010

TimesLIVE | 21 December, 2010 22:500 Comments


Dave Spence, 62, Two Oceans coaching guru and athletics coach.

Douw Steenkamp, bronze medallist in hammer at the South African champs.

Antonio Pettigrew, 42, US track athlete who was stripped of a 2000 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medal, and of relay gold medals from the 1997 and 1999 World Championships, for doping. Suspected suicide.


Mlungisi Dlamini, 27, in road accident in January. He held the WBF and IBO lightweight world titles.

Edwin Valero, 28, former Venezuelan boxing champion. Found dead in his cell, believed a suicide, soon after his arrest for the murder of his wife. He was the only fighter in the 30 years of the WBC to win every fight in his career by a knockout.

Joe Gumede, 80, businessman and boxing promoter who worked with fighters such as Elijah "Tap Tap" Makhathini, Anthony "Blue Jaguar" Morodi, and Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala.

Terry Pettifer, 59, boxing author and publicist for Golden Gloves promotions.


Colin Dettmer, 51, Tukkies cricket coach and former Boland and North West player.

Betty Wilson, 88, Australia's greatest female cricketer, known as the female Bradman.

Alec Bedser, 91, legendary England fast bowler.

Eric Tindill, 99, who played rugby and cricket for New Zealand, then refereed Test rugby and umpired Test cricket.

Tiger Lance, 70, four weeks after a car accident. He played Test cricket for South Africa from 1962 to 1970 and was never in a losing series.


Adam Reyneke, 17, one of South Africa's most promising cyclists, knocked down and killed while training near the Maseru border post. He was the son of former Springbok cyclist Bruce Reyneke.

Laurent Fignon, 50, French cyclist and two-times Tour de France winner (1983 and 1984). He lost the chance of winning a third Tour title in 1989 by eight seconds, the narrowest losing margin in the race's history.


Fred Rickaby, 91, Durban horse-racing trainer.

Richard (Dick) Francis, 89, bestselling British thriller writer and former steeplechase champion jockey.

Graham Beck, 80, race horse owner.

Stathi Katsidis, 31, Australian champion jockey, reportedly of suffocation after drinking for 12 hours.

Paddy Mullins, 91, Irish horse-racing trainer.


Greta Badenhorst, 77, former president of Western Province Women's Golf and member of the executive of SA Women's Golf. Involved in golf administration for nearly 40 years.

Erica Blasberg, 25, LPGA golfer, died in May. A doctor who examined the body was charged with obstructing justice for removing evidence, including a suicide note.

Hiroshi Tango, 69, died nine days after being hit on the head by a golf ball.


Graeme Pope-Ellis, 62, canoeist and 15-times winner of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, died in a farm accident when his tractor rolled over him.

Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, 61, two-times world snooker champ and youngest winner of the title. Was banned from five tournaments and fined £12000 in 1986 for head-butting a tournament director. Then banned for a year for punching a tournament official in the stomach.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, men's Olympic luger, died in a training crash at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Francis Crippen, 25, US swimmer, died during a 10km World Cup swimming marathon in the UAE.

Gibson "Ponkos" Chaba, a South African softball player who once played for Dutch first division club Thaman.

Andy Irons, 32, three-times world surfing champion.

Gaines Adams, 26, National Football League Chicago Bears defensive end, died of heart failure.

Kenny McKinley, 23, NFL Denver Broncos wide receiver; suspected suicide.

Motor sport

Peter Lenz, 13, US junior motorcycle racer, died after falling off his bike and getting run over by another at Indianapolis speedway.

Shoya Tomizawa, 19, Japanese rider, died from injuries in a crash in the San Marino Moto2 Grand Prix.

Jimmy Girvan, 56, twice Scottish rally champ, died in a crash during a rally.

Off the pitch

Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89, former president of the International Olympic Committee.

John Lane, 49, managing director Worldwide sports marketing, pioneer of SA Football Association sponsorship and former chairman of Wits University Rugby Club.

George Steinbrenner, 80, was principal owner and managing partner of the New York Yankees baseball team for 37 years, the longest tenure in club history. His outspokenness and his role in driving up players' salaries made him one of the sport's most controversial figures. He was involved in the Great Lakes shipping industry.

Bob Sheppard, 99, publicaddress announcer at Yankee stadium for more than 50 years.


Ruben Kruger, 39, tough Springbok flanker and 1995 Rugby World Cup winner.

Daniel Hendrik "Daantjie" Rossouw, 79. Springbok centre in the 1953 series against the Wallabies.

Bennett "Peewee" Howe, 77, Springbok centre in two 1956 Tests against the All Blacks.

Garry Purdham, 31, rugby league player and one of 12 victims of serial killer Derrick Bird in the Cumbria massacre, in England. His brother, Rob, captained the Harlequins rugby league side and played for England in the 2008 World Cup. Garry had played for Workington and Whitehaven.

Yasunori Watanabe, 39, former Japan international rugby player, after falling from a railway station platform and being hit by a train.

Andy Ripley, 62, former England rugby international who toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 1974.

Andre van Wyk, 45, the most-capped Griquas rugby player, in a helicopter crash.

Butch Locner, 79, former Springbok flanker and selector. He was also a stalwart of the Stellenbosch Rugby Club.

Daan Retief, 85, the Springbok loose forward against the 1955 Lions and 1956 All Blacks. He started by playing wing for Northern Transvaal.

Terry Newton, 31, former British international rugby league player who became the first athlete to be suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone.

Isaia Rasila, 42, former Fiji rugby captain who represented his country at the 1999 and 2003 World Cups.

Liaan Kirkham, 51, former Transvaal fullback, in a car accident.

Moss Keane, 62, Ireland rugby player.

John Mudgeway, friend of Sharks coach John Plumtree. Mudgeway died the day before the Currie Cup final. "We should do something special to remember him," Plumtree said.

Thomas "Manny" Musson, 92, stalwart of the non-racial SA Rugby Union and former president of the Transvaal Rugby Union.

Sports journalism

Bill McLaren, 86, renowned BBC rugby commentator.

Rodney Hartman, 61, sports journalist and former sports editor of the Sunday Times and of the Sunday Independent. He was communications manager for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

Terry Lofthouse, 75, golf writer and former sports editor of Business Day.


Paul, 2, the German oracle octopus who correctly predicted the result of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

Emmanuel Ogoli, 21, Nigerian footballer for Ocean Boys. Slumped on the pitch in the 39th minute of a home game against Niger Tornadoes, in Yenagoa, and died on his way to hospital.

Malcolm "Big Mal" Allison, 83, first of the celebrity managers in English football. He had an affair with Christine Keeler, who was a key figure in the Profumo scandal of the1960s as, concurrently, the mistress of a Russian spy and of a British cabinet minister.

Emmanuel "Scara" Ngobese, 29, Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows, Amazulu, Thanda Royal Zulu and United FC midfielder.

Jose Eulogio Aranguren, 89, Real Madrid's longest-serving registered fan.

Keith Alexander, 53, Macclesfield Town manager and first black manager in English football.

Endurance Idahor, 25, after he collapsed during a match in Khartoum after clashing with another player minutes after the start.

Frederico da Costa Pinheiro, 26, Brazilian midfielder, who collapsed of a heart attack during a match in Rio de Janeiro.

Shadreck Biemba, 45, former Zambian national goalkeeper and Moroka Swallows goalkeeping coach.

Besian Idrizaj, 22, Swansea City striker, former Liverpool forward and Austrian young player of the year.

Oscar Ntwagae, 33, former Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars' defender, after a car hit him in Germiston.

Piet Radebe, Lebohang Rampine, Kabelo Ramalitse, Manyane Mokoena, Serame Mokubung and Sello Molai- all members of the City Spurs Football Club, of QwaQwa, in a car crash in the Free State.

Francisco Varallo, 100, last surviving player from the first World Cup, in 1930. He was in the losing Argentine side against Uruguay.

David le Cluse, 44, chairman of Croydon Athletic football club, which was caught up in Pakistan's cricket match-fixing scandal.

Nelson Rivera, 19, El Salvador under-20s footballer died two weeks after being shot in the head.

Lesiba Mabitsela, soccer administrator and PSL referee.

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