Just like the entertainment industry, 2016 brought a lot of mishap for the sporting world with an alarming list of sportsmen who died in 2016.
Here’s a list of Some sportsmen who died in 2016
Romanian-born coaching legend who managed the Kaizer Chiefs‚ Orlando Pirates‚ Mamelodi Sundowns and the national team Bafana Bafana, Ted Dumitru was reported dead after collapsing at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, east of Johannesburg.
He promptly received medical treatment from paramedics on the scene but unfortunately, he later gave up the ghost. South African Football Association technical director Neil Tovey together with former Sundowns chairperson Anastasia Tsichlas confirmed Dumitru’s death. Tsichlas described his cause of death as a ‘big heart attack’.
The 76-year-old Romanian-born coaching legend, also known as ‘The Professor’ was responsible for Kaizer Chiefs back-to-back PSL titles in 2004 and 2005. He died in May.
A month after the passing of Dimitru, Boxing legend who is often regarded as the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali died as revealed by a family spokesman, Bob Gunnell in a statement. The great boxer was suffering from a respiratory illness, which was further complicated by Parkinson’s disease.
After a 32-year battle with the disease, the former world heavyweight boxing champion and one of the world’s best-known sportsmen gave up at a hospital in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America.
A few days after the death of boxing legend Mohammad Ali, former Nigerian Super Eagles followed suit. He reportedly died on the way to the hospital on June 8. A family member, Emmanuel Ado who confirmed the death in a statement said he suffered a cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning.
Brazilian Football Club
Back in November, disturbing reports had it that a plane carrying 81 people, including a Brazilian football team, crashed while it was approaching the city of Medellin in Colombia. The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, run by Bolivian charter airline Lamia was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew.
The chartered aircraft flying from Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team. The team as learnt was heading to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.