5 athlete deaths we’re still not over

5 athlete deaths we’re still not over

In today’s day and age, athletes end up being the heroes of many children and adults alike. At the forefront of media attention, we always know what’s going on in the lives of athletes. This makes unexpected tragedies that much more shocking. Some amazing athletes have been taken from the world far too young and there are some that we’re still not over.

1. Roy Halladay

Major League Baseball pitcher, Roy Halladay, tragically passed away on November 7th in a plane crash. The former Blue Jays and Phillies player’s personal plane was flying over the Gulf of Mexico when it crashed without sending out any mayday calls. Halladay will be missed greatly by baseball fans.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children, extended family members, and friends.

2. Pat Tillman

After a surprising departure from the NFL to pursue a military career after the 9/11 terror attacks, Pat Tillman was unfortunately killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2004. A martyr for his country at only 27, we’re still touched and deeply saddened by his passing.

3. José Fernandez

In 2016, the Miami MLB player tragically lost his life in a boating accident. With a harrowing life story of life in Cuba trying to defect, Fernandez was finally living the American dream.

After announcing that he was soon to be a father at only 24 years old, this story of a life lost too young was almost too sad to bear.

4. Nodar Kumaritashvili

One of the most shocking moments of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada was the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili. In his final training run traveling at 143.6 miles per hour, the Georgian luger lost control of his luge and was thrown into a steel pole. While he did not die on impact, after being transported to a hospital in Whistler, British Columbia, the athlete passed away due to his injuries.
With footage of his death being televised, it’s hard to even begin to forget this tragic event.

5. Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor was an amazing football player, picked fifth overall by the Redskins in the 2004 draft. In a story that is everyone’s worst nightmare, Taylor was the subject of what is considered to be a break and enter gone wrong. In 2007, Taylor’s house was broken into and he was shot in the leg. From his injuries, Taylor passed away at the age of 24 as a result of an extreme loss of blood.
Four men were charged in the murder of Sean Taylor, but that doesn’t make the incident any less troublesome and heartbreaking.

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