Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths

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List Criteria: Athletes or those with careers relating to athletics who have died in 2014

This list of famous athletes who have died in 2014 is a complete list of American and international sports players and personalities who have gone to the great stadium in the sky in 2014. This is a list of the celebrity athletes who have passed so far this year and is continuously updated as athletes die and includes all the athletes who have died in sports-related accidents, the players who died of natural causes and the athletes who sadly took their own lives in 2014. The world is a less interesting and sporty place without these talented athletes to root for.

If you're wondering about recent basketball, soccer, football, baseball, or hockey stars have died in 2014, this is the place to look. If a notable player or personality dies this year, they'll be on the list. This list will be updated along with the Celebrity Deaths 2014 as more people leave this world. If you're curious to see which athletes died in 2013, have a look at Athletes Who Died in 2013.

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    Orlando Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    11/9/2014: 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. 

    Source: ESPN

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    Brad Halsey

    Brad Halsey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    11/4/2014: 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.

    Source: MLB.com

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    Oscar Taveras is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    10/26/14: Oscar Taveras, an outfielder who was part of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 postseason efforts, has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He was 22.

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    Kamara James

    Kamara James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    10/15/2014: 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.

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    Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    6/16/14: 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.

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    Bob Welch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    6/10/14: Bob Welch, a Cy Young winning pitcher with the Oakland A's, has died. Welch played for 17 years with the A's and Los Angeles Dodgers and played with the A's when they won the World Series in 1989. He was 57.

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    Don Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    6/4/14: Don Zimmer, who was an active player/coach/adviser of major league baseball for 66 years, has died. The life-long fan of the game won a World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers and worked as a manager and bench adviser until his death. He was 83.

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    Jimmy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Dead Athletes 2014: Famous Athlete Deaths
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    5/6/14: Jimmy Ellis, the sparring partner of Muhammad Ali and former heavyweight boxing champion, has died from conditions related to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He was 74.

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