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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Homero Gómez González, Mexico’s monarch butterfly defender, found dead

Homero Gómez González, a former logger who became one of central Mexico’s most prominent defenders of the region’s monarch butterfly population, was found dead Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman dies at age 58

Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, who became one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90

Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the New York Yankees when he threw a perfect game and the only no-hitter in …

UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Jim Bouton, former pitcher, “Ball Four” author, dies at 80

Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who shocked and angered the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book “Ball Four,” has died. He was 80. Bouton’s family said …

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Record-setting Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen, 38, dies

Jared Lorenzen, a husky left-handed quarterback who set multiple Kentucky passing and offensive records before backing up Eli Manning on the New York Giants’ Super Bowl-winning 2007 team, has died. …

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75 before Hall enshrinement

Pat Bowlen, the longtime Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died just under two …

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Gabriele Grunewald, runner with cancer who inspired many, dies at 32

One of the country’s top middle-distance runners has died at her home in Minneapolis after inspiring many with a long and public fight against cancer. Gabriele Grunewald was 32. She …

F1 great and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at 70

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent …

Bob Schloredt, first 2-time MVP of Rose Bowl, dies at 79

College Football Hall of Famer Bob Schloredt, the first two-time MVP of the Rose Bowl, has died at the age of 79. The University of Washington issued a statement on …

UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of …

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg has died at 85. The Hall did not disclose details in its statement. Gregg starred at tackle …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Sigi Schmid, winningest MLS coach, dies at 65

Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, has died. He was 65.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

Tex Winter, innovative basketball coach, dead at 96

Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Kansas State …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018

Alex Spanos, Chargers owner and businessman, dies at 95

Alex Spanos, who used his fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984, has died. He was 95.

UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Former Carroll College coach Bob Petrino Sr. dies in Montana

Longtime Carroll College football coach Bob Petrino Sr., the father of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and Idaho coach Paul Petrino, has died at his home in Montana. He was …

Retired NASCAR driver James Hylton, 83, killed in car wreck

The Georgia State Patrol says former NASCAR driver James Hylton was killed in a traffic accident. He was 83. Hylton was the 1966 Rookie of the Year. Hylton and his …

Ivan Puhich, veteran jockey agent and boxer at Gonzaga, dies at 89

Ivan Puhich, a jockey’s agent who represented such riders as Kentucky Derby winner Mario Gutierrez and boxed for Gonzaga University’s team in 1951, has died. He was 89.

UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017

Frank Kush, coach who built ASU into powerhouse, dies at 88

Frank Kush transformed Arizona State from a backwater football program into a powerhouse. Arizona State confirmed his death at 88. Kush compiled a 176-54-1 record while coaching the Sun Devils …

Pioneer jockey Jane Driggers Proctor dies at 61

Former jockey Jane Driggers Proctor, a leader among the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer women riders, died of a malignant brain tumor Monday at her home in Ocala, Florida. Known for her …

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL’s most influential and popular executives, has died at 84. The team confirmed his death but gave no other details. Rooney took …

Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87

Billionaire pizza mogul and Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has died. Ilitch built Little Caesars from a single suburban Detroit restaurant into the world’s largest carry-out pizza …

Brian Strimbiski, who helped take Spokane hockey to new heights, dies at 75

Brian Strimbiski, a key member Spokane’s first two Allan Cup senior amateur hockey championship teams in the early 1970s, has died after a battle with cancer in Renton, Washington. He …

Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen dies at 49

Todd Ewen, the former NHL enforcer called “The Animal” for his rugged play and fighting ability, died Saturday. He was 49. The St. Louis Blues confirmed Ewen’s death without providing …

Al Arbour, who coached Isles to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the …

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

Darryl Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the Lehigh County coroner’s office. He was 58, and even though officials said an autopsy would be performed …

Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets dies at age 62

Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets died Thursday at the Greensboro, North Carolina, home he shared with his parents. He was 62. Sheets was born with Down syndrome. He won seven …

G&T guest column – Bill Moos: Recalling an Edwall superstar

Recently we lost an exceptional athlete and a wonderful man. Bob Simpson passed away on May 11 at the age of 68. Bob was raised in the small farm town …

Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.

Former Dodger, Rocky Bridges, dies in Coeur d’Alene

Everett Lamar “Rocky” Bridges, 87, who lived in Coeur d’Alene, passed away early Tuesday from natural causes. Bridges’ professional career began in 1951 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended in …