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1. Chandler Williams, AFL

Chandler Williams, AFL

Passed away January 5 (heart condition). 27 years old.

2. John Thomas, Champion high jumper

John Thomas, Champion high jumper

Passed away January 15 (during surgery). 71 years old.

3. Earl Williams, MLB

Earl Williams, MLB

Passed away January 29 (cancer). 64 years old.

4. Ken Clark, NFL & college football (cover of Nebraska’s 1989 Football Media Guide)

Ken Clark, NFL & college football (cover of Nebraska's 1989 Football Media Guide)

Passed away February 16 (heart attack). 46 years old.

5. Tony Martin, Boxer (retired)

Tony Martin, Boxer (retired)

Passed away March 8 (fatally shot). 52 years old.

6. Ray Williams, NBA New York Knicks

Ray Williams, NBA New York Knicks

Passed away March 22. 58 years old.

7. Ronnie Ray Smith, Olympic Gold Medalist

Ronnie Ray Smith, Olympic Gold Medalist

Passed away March 31. 64 years old.

8. Carl Williams, Former heavyweight champion

Carl Williams, Former heavyweight champion

Passed away April 7 (cancer). 53 years old.

9. Mae Louise Allen Mays, wife of Hall of Famer Willie Mays

Mae Louise Allen Mays, wife of Hall of Famer Willie Mays

Passed away April 19 (Alzheimer’s disease). 74 years old.

10. Alyne Payton, Mother of the late Walter Payton

Alyne Payton, Mother of the late Walter Payton

Passed away May 6. 87 years old.

11. Chuck Muncie, Former NFL

Chuck Muncie, Former NFL

Passed away May 13 (heart failure). 60 years old.

12. Stephen Martin, Sr., Former baseball player

Stephen Martin, Sr., Former baseball player

Passed away May 14. 66 years old.

13. Flynn Robinson, NBA

Flynn Robinson, NBA

Passed away May 23 (cancer). 72 years old.

14. Cliff Meely, NBA

Cliff Meely, NBA

Passed away May 28 (septic shock from blood infection). 65 years old.

15. Deacon Jones, NFL Hall of Famer

Deacon Jones, NFL Hall of Famer

Passed away June 3. 74 years old.

16. Rudy Keeling, Former Coach

Rudy Keeling, Former Coach

Passed away July 6. 64 years old.

17. Emile Griffith, Former boxer

Emile Griffith, Former boxer

Passed away July 23 (pugilistic dementia). 75 years old.

18. George ‘Boomer’ Scott, MLB

George 'Boomer' Scott, MLB

Passed away July 28. 69 years old.

19. Robert ‘Judge’ Hughes, Former Jackson State coach

Robert 'Judge' Hughes, Former Jackson State coach

Passed away July 31 (complications from Diabetes). 68 years old.

20. Dean Meminger, NBA

Dean Meminger, NBA

Passed away August 23. 65 years old.

21. Zelmo Beaty, NBA

Zelmo Beaty, NBA

Passed away August 27 (cancer). 73 years old.

22. Allan Ellis, NFL

Allan Ellis, NFL

Passed away September 18. 62 years old.

23. Ken Norton, Boxing champ

Ken Norton, Boxing champ

Passed away September 18. 70 years old.

24. Paul Oliver, NFL

Paul Oliver, NFL

Passed away September 24 (suicide). 29 years old.

25. Gates Brown, MLB

Gates Brown, MLB

Passed away September 27. 74 years old.

26. L.C. Greenwood, NFL

L.C. Greenwood, NFL

Passed away September 29. 67 years old.

27. Ulysses ‘Crazy Legs’ Curtis, 2-time Grey Cup Champion & teacher

Ulysses 'Crazy Legs' Curtis, 2-time Grey Cup Champion & teacher

Passed away October 6. 87 years old.

28. Joe C. Meriweather, NBA

Joe C. Meriweather, NBA

Passed away October 13. 59 years old.

29. Willie Heidelberg, Running back Southern Miss & coach

Willie Heidelberg, Running back Southern Miss & coach

Passed way October 15 (heart attack). 63 years old.

30. Walt Bellamy, NBA Hall of Famer

Walt Bellamy, NBA Hall of Famer

Passed away November 2. 74 years old.

31. Herm Harrison, Football, college & Canadian league

Herm Harrison, Football, college & Canadian league

Passed away November 2. 71 years old.

32. Eddie Robinson, Jr., Asst. coach

Eddie Robinson, Jr., Asst. coach

Passed away November 6 (complication from a heart transplant). 70 years old.

33. Evan Chambers, Pittsburg Pirates minor league

Evan Chambers, Pittsburg Pirates minor league

Passed away on December 1 (died in his sleep). 24 years old.

34. Jacob ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala, South African boxer & 4-x world champ

Jacob 'Baby Jake' Matlala, South African boxer & 4-x world champ

Passed away December 7. 51 years old.