Every new year brings a long list of athletes who passed away and 2021 is no exception. The first such death occurred on January 1 of the new year, when famed Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little died of cancer. Little was a 5x Pro Bowler, whose number 44 is retired by the Broncos. Home run legend Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, died of natural causes in Atlanta toward the end of January, followed by champion boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler in February and NBA great Elgin Baylor in March.
As the year goes on, recent athlete deaths will be added to this list, ranging from legends of their sports who lived long, eventful lives to youthful, up-and-comers who were taken far too soon. So if you see someone pop up in your Twitter feed or in the news and you're wondering what famous athlete died today, check out the names below.
This list of athletes who died in 2021 is meant to help commemorate all the great players so that we remember the success they had on the field, on the court, or just in life. Check back throughout the year to help celebrate the lives of those we lost.