Top 10 Athletes Who Died While Playing
Death is something that is inevitable and still many people fear death. An accidental death in sports is reasonable and often occurs. Many people would prefer to die in a peaceful way, generally while asleep. However, here is a list of few athletes who have been fully active at the time of their death. Though these sportsmen died tragically but they died doing what they cherished.
1. Bill Masterton
Also known as William J. Masterton, Bill Masterton was an American hockey professional who died tragically at the age of 29 while he was playing in NHL (National Hockey League). He joined the North Stars in 1967 and became the first player to achieve a goal for his team. In 1968 North Stars played against Oakland Seals. Masterton fell backward on the ice while he was trying to defend his team and hit very loud. Masterton lost his life after 30 hours due to brain hemorrhage.
2. Chuck Hughes
Another promising player for the National Football League was Chuck Hughes. Though he made several football records while he was in College but his most notable record is Hughes’17 in 1965. After his graduation, he played three years for the Eagles until he joined Detroit Lions in 1970. Unfortunately Hughes suffered a serious heart attack while he was playing against the Chicago Bears which led the game to end in silence.
3. Ray Chapman
Known for shortstop and bunting, Ray Chapman was a Major League baseball player. He is known to be the second player to have suffered death due to injuries caused during baseball game. He joined the League in 1912 and soon became the leader in walks as well as runs scored. When he died he was playing for Cleveland Naps against the Yankees. He had scored 97 runs when Carl Mays, the Yankees pitcher threw the ball which hit Chapman on the head. Though Chapman was immediately taken to the hospital but the great baseball player could not be saved and died after 12 hours.
4. Ed Sanders
Ed Sanders was a great boxer who died fighting on December 12, 1954. He had completed both the minor and the professional levels and had also won Olympic boxing championship. After the Olympics, he became professional and contested eight fights in nine months. His last fight was when he was boxing with Willie James. Both of them traded heavy blows in the first ten rounds. During the eleventh round, Sanders became tired and was hit by James with a punch combination. This left him feel unconscious and shortly after, he died due to brain hemorrhage.
5. Dale Earnhardt
Recognized for his victory in Winston Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt was a race car driver from America. He was able to win seventy-six races and take seven championships home until his death. In 1998, he was able to make his first Daytona 500 win. However he died in the last lap of his race in 2001 Daytona 500. His car slid off the path, crashing the #36 car and then both the cars hit into the wall at a critical angle. Earnhardt was badly injured due to the severe impact with the wall and lost his life.
6. Owen Hart
Owen Hart was a Canadian professional wrestler who worked for World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. He worked under his ring name ‘The Blue Blazer’ in addition to his own name. However, Hart died tragically in the wrestling arena due to damage to his equipment. This thirty-three old wrestler fell from a height of 24 meters and was immediately taken to the hospital where he lost his life due to bleeding caused by the wounded aorta.
7. Scott Brayton
Scott Everets Brayton was a race car driver from Michigan. He completed 14 Indianapolis 500s, beginning from 1981 event until his death. Brayton died on May 17, 1996, when he was practicing in his backup car and the tire blew. The car spun around and went into turn two and hit the wall severely at a speed more than 230mph. Thus Brayton lost his life while practicing for the 1996 race.
8. Frank Hayes
Frank Hayes was a jockey who had been training horses for nearly all his life. He suffered a heart attack in the middle of a race at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. Though his horse named sweet Kiss won the race but unfortunately Hayes lost his life and stands to be the only jockey who won the race after his death.
9. Reggie Lewis
Reggie Lewis was a professional basketball player from America who played for Boston Celtics. Lewis was only 27 years old when he underwent sudden cardiac death on the court at Celtics practice on July 27, 1993.
10. Fabio Casartelli
Born in Cosmo, Italy, Fabio Casartelli was an Italian cyclist who unfortunately died at the age of 24 in 1995. This Olympic gold medalist died during the fifteenth stage of Tour de France Championships. He fell off his bike and hit hard against the concrete blocks, resulting in severe head injuries. Although he was lifted to the hospital by the helicopter but all in vain. He died on 18 July, 1995.