One of boxing’s most famous figures has passed away. The “Raging Bull” himself, Jake LaMotta, died yesterday of pneumonia complications at the age of 95. LaMotta’s family reportedly elected to remove him from his feeding tube, which he had been pulling out, after his condition deteriorated.
LaMotta (83-19-4, 30 KO) spent thirteen years in the ring, winning the world middleweight title and fighting Sugar Ray Robinson six times. LaMotta courted controversy throughout his career, most notably in his thrown fight with Billy Fox and multiple cases of domestic violence, but was unquestionably one of the toughest and gutsiest men to ever lace up the gloves.
He was perhaps best known for Raging Bull, the legendary 1980 adaptation of his autobiography that remains arguably the greatest performance of Robert De Niro’s career. LaMotta himself trained De Niro, who went on to win Best Actor.
LaMotta was an integral part of boxing’s history. It’s always a shame to lose those.