Althea Gibson

 

 

Age: 76

 

Summary: professional tennis player who dominated the sport in the mid to late 1950's winning 11 Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open during that period, who was the first African-American woman to be ranked No. 1 and the first to win Wimbledon, and who helped pave the way for many other African-American sports stars.

 

 

Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

 

Born: August 25, 1927

 

Died: September 28, 2003

 

Location: East Orange, New Jersey