Jake LaMotta


Age: 95

boxer and former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the 1980 film Raging Bull for which Robert De Niro won an Oscar, who was known as The Bronx Bull in his fighting days and compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954, who fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times by handing the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match, who saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille in the fight before he lost the title (trailing badly on all three scorecards, he knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight) and threw a fight against Billy Fox, for which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee (a U.S. Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960), who was renowned for his strong chin and the punishment he could take and dish out but who was knocked down only once in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico in his 106 flights.

Cause of Death: Dysphagia pneumonia

Born: July 10, 1922

Died: September 18, 2017

Miami, Florida