January 2, 1994 |
Remembering . . . " Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. " --JIM VALVANO In some way, that spirit applies for some of the sports people who died in 1993, either in their prime or still at the height of their influence and popularity: --Davey Allison, 32, NASCAR driver, of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash July 13.
February 11, 2001 |
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
March 1, 2003 |
In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration warned against using products containing ephedra -- a message that failed to resonate with much of the public. Then, in 2001, football players Rashidi Wheeler, Korey Stringer, Devaughn Darling and Curt Jones collapsed and died. Ephedra has been under scrutiny ever since. When Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died Feb.
July 25, 1994 |
Wangila Napunyi, who struggled as a professional after winning the first Olympic boxing gold medal for an African nation, died Sunday morning in a Las Vegas hospital two days after suffering head injuries in a knockout loss. He was 26. Napunyi, who fought for Kenya under the name Robert Wangila in the 1988 Games at Seoul, was stopped in the ninth round by welterweight David Gonzales, ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Council, in a bout Friday night at the Aladdin Hotel.
July 28, 1993 |
Reggie Lewis, the Boston Celtics' leading scorer who fainted during an NBA playoff game three months ago, died Tuesday night in Waltham, Mass., after collapsing while shooting baskets at Brandeis University. Lewis was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at the gym, and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. EDT at Waltham-Weston Hospital, where emergency room physicians tried to revive him. He was 27. Lewis leaves a wife, Donna Harris-Lewis, who is pregnant, and a son, Reggie Jr.
February 8, 1999 |
The fishing trip from hell finally came to an end Sunday morning. Never were 15 people so relieved to step off a boat. Sadly, one of them didn't. James "Rollo" Heyn, 39, the "second skipper," had died three days before when a powerful explosive device he was handling blew up. The tragedy left a tight-lipped, solemn bunch, who spent the final days of the trip with nothing to dwell on but a senseless incident and how it might have been avoided.