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Alexis Vastine, Olympic boxer, among 10 dead in helicopter crash

Two-time Olympian was just 28 years old, killed while shooting reality TV show.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine was among three French athletes and 10 total people killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina, while shooting the reality TV show "Dropped" on Monday.

Eight French nationals and their two Argentine pilots died when two helicopters collided in La Rioja province in the country's north-west.

Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine all died. ... "The sudden death of our fellow French nationals is a cause of immense sadness," said a statement from French President Francois Hollande.

Vastine competed for France at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and both times was involved in controversial fights. In 2008, he won a bronze medal at light welterweight but controversially lost to eventual gold medalist Felix Diaz in the semifinals on a score of 12-10, the result of a pair of two-point penalties against Vastine. In 2012, he lost a debated countback decision to Taras Shelestyuk, the top-seeded welterweight who went on to win a bronze.

Vastine also won gold as a light welterweight at the 2005 Mediterranean Games, and silver as a welterweight at the 2010 European Amateur Championships.

Vastine was just 28 years old.

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