When we think of sportsmen, we think of great men who work very hard to achieve super human goals. But we forget that these supermen are also human and have fallacies just like us all. Every now and then we are reminded of their weakness and their mortality. Sometimes sportsmen kill others and sometimes others kill them. It is always a tragic loss no matter whether they kill or get killed. Here are the 10 talented sportspersons who were killed before their time.
9. Steve McNair:
Steve McNair was an American Football quarterback who played for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. He was known as Air McNair and led the Titans to four playoffs. In 2009 he was shot by his mistress Sahel Kazemi while he was sleeping and later she shot herself too.
8. Sean Taylor:
Sean Taylor was another American Football player who played for the Washington Redskins in the NFL for four seasons. He died in 2007 when he was shot by intruders in his home in Miami. His death was met with outrage and national sympathy as he was a fan favorite.
7. Dino Bravo:
Dino Bravo, born as Adolfo Bresciano was a Canadian professional wrestler. He had a decent career with the WWE and proclaimed himself to be Canada’s strongest man. He was shot 17 times in his home in Quebec on March 10, 1993 due to the alleged connections with the cigarette smuggling cartel in Canada.
6. Corrie Sanders:
Corrie Sanders was a professional boxer from South Africa. He became the WBO heavyweight champion in 2003 in a match that was considered a big upset when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko. In 2012 he was shot during an armed robbery and later died in a hospital succumbing to his wounds.
5. Hector Camacho:
Hector Camacho was a professional boxer from Puerto Rico who was nicknamed, Macho Camacho for his flamboyant style of boxing and great in ring presence. He was the first boxer to win 7 championship titles in 7 different weight classes. In 2012 he was shot at while sitting in his car outside a bar in Bayamon in Puerto Rico. He died 4 days later in the hospital.
4. Ben Wilson:
Ben Wilson from Chicago was an American high school basketball player who was considered to be very talented and was predicted to do very well once he passed out of high school. But he never got the chance to do that when was shot dead during an altercation. ESPN made a documentary on his life titled, Benji.
3. Oscar Bonavena:
Oscar Natalio “Ringo” Bonavena was a heavyweight professional boxer from Argentina. He had great success in both Argentina and later in the United States. He is most famous for his very close fights with Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. He was nicknamed Ringo because of his beatles hairstyle. In 1976, he had an affair with the wife of a brothel owner which led to the events of his death. He was shot outside the Mustang Ranch brothel by the ranch owner’s bodyguard.
2. Henri Pelissier:
Henri Pelissier was a French cyclist who won the 1923 Tour de France. He was known for his altercations with other riders on the Tour and the Tour founder, Henri Desgrange. He was instrumental in protesting against the harsh conditions that the riders had to face during the Tour. His wife committed suicide and later he was shot in self defence with the same gun by his lover who he was trying to kill with a knife.
1. Andres Escobar:
Andres Escobar was a Colombian football player who was known as the “Gentleman of Football” for his good behavior. During the 1994 FIFA world cup he ended up scoring an own goal that led to Colombia’s loss against the United States. This event caused his death when he was shot a few days later in Medellin, El Poblado in the parking lot of a nightclub when three men approached him and shot him 6 times shouting “goal” with each shot.