DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Jack Dempsey (aged 87)
William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler”, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey’s aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate.
DEATH: On May 31, 1983, Jack Dempsey died of heart failure at age 87 in New York City. He is buried in the Southampton Cemetery in Southampton, New York. His widow, Deanna Dempsey died in 2003.