Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Leon Spinks (February 5th, aged 67)

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Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks passed away at a hospital in Nevada two years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Spinks represented the U.S. during the 1976 Olympics in Canada as a light heavyweight and won a gold medal. He, however, was best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in a split decision in Las Vegas in 1978. Seven months later, Spinks and Ali met had a rematch in New Orleans, where Ali won and reclaimed the heavyweight title.

Outside of boxing, Spinks also had a brief career as a professional wrestler in the 1990s, working for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) and holding the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship in 1992.

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