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Unfortunately, several professional athletes--famous NFL players, baseball stars, and boxers--have been murdered. Some of these athletes were killed by people they knew, while others were killed during robberies. One famous football player was the victim of a murder-suicide.

Who is the most famous athlete who has been murdered? Andrés Escobar tops our list. The soccer player died on July 2, 1994, at age 27, when he was killed by Colombian National Police. Sean Taylor died on November 27, 2007, at age 24, after being shot by intruders in his home. Lorenzen Wright died in July of 2010, at age 34, after his body was found with bullets in his skull and arm.

Several athletes were killed by one of their friends or family members. Steve McNair died on July 4, 2009, at age 36, after being shot twice in the chest by his girlfriend Saleh Kazemi, who also killed herself. Greg Halman died on November 21, 2011, at age 24, after being stabbed by his brother. Henri Pélissier died on May 1, 1935, at age 46, after being shot by his girlfriend with the same gun that his wife used to commit suicide two years prior.

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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21 Athletes Who Were Murdered
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Steve McNair died on July 4, 2009, at age 36, after being shot twice in the chest by his girlfriend Saleh Kazemi, who also killed herself.

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Age: Died at 36 (1973-2009)

Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Athlete, American football player

Credits: The NFL on CBS, Super Bowl XXXIV, Seasons of Change: The African American Athlete, NFL Monday Night Football

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Dino Bravo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 Athletes Who Were Murdered
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Dino Bravo died on March 10, 1993, at age 44, after being shot in his home.

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Age: Died at 45 (1948-1993)

Birthplace: Italy

Credits: WWE: Survivor Series 1989

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#46 on The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

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Andrés Escobar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 Athletes Who Were Murdered
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Andrés Escobar died on July 2, 1994, at age 27, when he was killed by Colombian National Police.

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Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)

Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

Profession: Footballer

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Rikidōzan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Athletes Who Were Murdered
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Rikidōzan died on December 15, 1963, at age 39, after being stabbed in a club in Tokyo.

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Age: Died at 39 (1924-1963)

Birthplace: Hongwon County

Profession: Wrestler, Sumo Wrestler, Actor

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