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- 1811/9/2014: Former Vikings safety Orlando Thomas passed away from ALS at the age of 42. Thomas played for the Vikings from 1995 to 2001. At that time, he weighed 225 pounds. At the time of his death, his weight was down to 70 pounds according to Thomas' agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Thomas led the NFL in interceptions during his rookie year in 1995.
Brad Halsey11/4/2014: MLB left-handed pitcher Brad Halsey died at the age of 33. News of his passing was announced by his agency, O'Connell Sports, via Twitter. Halsey was in the Majors from 2004-2006, pitching one season with the Yankees, the Diamondbacks, and the Athletics.
Halsey also spent time with the Dodgers.
Kamara James10/15/2014: Kamara James, an American fencer who represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games has died in Modesto, California. She was 29 years old. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, James moved to Queens, New York at age 10. She graduated from Princeton University, having attended with a full scholarship.
James won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2003 Junior World Championships and represented her country at the 2004 Olympics at the age of 19. James reportedly struggled with mental health issues.
Tony Gwynn6/16/14: Tony Gwynn, a 15 time All-Star with the San Diego Padres, has died after a lengthy battle with oral cancer. Known as "Mr. Padre," Gwynn spent his entire career in San Diego amassing a .338 career average with 3,141 hits and only 434 strikeouts over nearly 10,000 at bats. The lefty slugger was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 (his first year of eligibility) and is widely regarded as one of the best hitters of his generation. He was 54.