Randy "Macho Man" Savage, whose legal name was Randy Mario Poffo, died in a car crash in Florida on Friday, May 20, 2011. Savage, who grew up in Downers Grove, was 58.
Former Bears safety Dave Duerson died of a self-inflicted gun shot to his chest in his Florida home on Feb. 17, 2011. He was 50. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
British heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper, famous for once knocking down Muhammad Ali, died on May 1, 2011 aged 76. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Former Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Aug. 24, 2011. He was 59. (AP Photo/ File)
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier died Monday Nov. 7, 2011 after a brief fight with liver cancer. He was 67. (AP Photo/File)
Former college and NBA player Armon Gilliam died Tuesday, July 5, 2011 while he was playing basketball. He was 47. (AP Photo/Barry Sweet, File)
Walt Hazzard died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, due to heart problems. He was 69. (AP Photo, File)
Baltimore Colts football player John Mackey died from dementia on July 7, 2011. He was 69. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
Brooklyn Dodgers center fielder Duke Snider died February 27, 2011, of an undisclosed illness. He was 84. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NFL star Bubba Smith died from acute drug intoxication (a weight-loss drug) and heart disease on August 3, 2011. He was 66.
IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died in a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2011. He was 33. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard, who suffered from a degenerative brain ailment , died in May of an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone. He was 28. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died from complications of cancer Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 74.
Lorenzo Charles, who dunked the ball to give N.C. State a 54-52 win over Houston in the 1983 NCAA Championship game, was killed when a bus he was driving crashed in Raleigh, N.C. on June 27, 2011. Charles was 47. | AP
Chuck Tanner, who managed the White Sox in the early 1970s and later managed the “We Are Family” Pirates to 1979 World Series crown, died after a long illness on Feb. 11, 2011. He was 82.
Golf great Seve Ballesteros, of Spain, died on May, 6, 2011 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 54. (AP Photo, File)
Former Oakland Athletics manager Dick Williams died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm on July 7, 2011. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)