'Raging Bull' boxing legend Jake LaMotta dead at 95


Boxing legend Jake LaMotta, who inspired the 1980 Oscar-winning film "Raging Bull", died on Tuesday. She says he died of pneumonia complications while in a nursing home; another family member says he had recently been put on a feeding tube but kept pulling it out, and after his condition deteriorated significantly over the past few days, the decision was made to remove the tube.

The three toughest fighters I fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson.

A born brawler and widely considered to have possessed one of the strongest chins in boxing history, LaMotta endured a six-fight rivalry with the greatest fighter ever to lace up the gloves, "Sugar" Ray Robinson.

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LaMotta's daughter Christi posted the news on Facebook today.

LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee.

LaMotta would fight 106 times over a 13-year career that was littered with links to the mob, claiming 83 victories and four draws along the way, with 19 defeats. He said he was promised a shot at a title. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. However, his eldest son, Jake LaMotta Jr, died of liver cancer in February 1998, and his youngest son, Joseph LaMotta, died in September that year in the crash of Swissair Flight 111. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said.


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