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The End of Michael Watson’s Career
A retired British boxer, Michael Watson had his career end prematurely after he lost his fight against Chris Eubank for the super middleweight title. He lasted until the 12th round of the game, but after getting a series of blows from Eubank, he collapsed in the ring. After 30 minutes, he still could not stand up. He was in a coma for 40 days and underwent six brain operations.
The Death of Ayrton Senna
On May 1, 1994, Ayrton Senna, three-time Formula One World Champion, got killed after his car crashed into a concrete barrier during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. He was actually in the lead when he crashed and he is still considered one of the best drivers in the sport.
The Death of Hansie Cronje
On June 1, 2001, Hansie Cronje, a famous South African cricketer, was flying home but as the aircraft approached the airport, the pilots lost visibility and the plane crashed into the mountains. There are theories that Cronje was murdered upon the orders of a cricket betting syndicate because of his involvement in match fixing.
On October 31, 1976, two bystanders got killed as a fight broke out between the teams of Cameroon and Congo in a World Cup qualifying match. After Cameroon was awarded with a penalty kick, the Congolese goalie attacked the referee, spurring a riot on the field.
Hendrick Motorsports Tragedy
Around ten athletes associated with Hendrick Motorsports were killed in a plane crash that took place on October 24, 2004 after it was caught in a heavy fog and crashed into Bull Mountain in Stuart, Virginia. Six of those who died were Hendrick family members and employees, while the rest were pilots and directors of the DuPont Motorsports Program.