BREAKING: The LEGEND Just Died At 95… This Is HORRIBLE

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta, the onetime middleweight champion of the world who was played by Robert De Niro in 1980’s “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, his fiancee told the Associated Press. He was 95.

LaMotta passed away in a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.

“I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced,” his fiancee told TMZ.

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Another family member tells TMZ, Jake’s condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last few days and a decision was made to withdraw the tube.

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Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, former World Middleweight Champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed “The Raging Bull”, LaMotta was a rough fighter, who although not particularly a big puncher, would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring. With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a ‘bully’, and is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger, according to Wikipedia.

Due to his style of fighting, LaMotta often got as much as he was giving in an era of great middleweights; with a thick skull and jaw muscles, LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment over the course of his career, and is thought to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history. LaMotta’s six fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson is one of the most notable in the sport, with LaMotta winning just one of the bouts. Although each one was close, LaMotta dropped Robinson multiple times. LaMotta, who lived a turbulent life in and out of the ring, was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull.

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The International Boxing of Fame, who inducted LaMotta in 1990, revealed he began boxing at a young age when his father made him fight other neighborhood kids in The Bronx to entertain adults. His aggressive style earned him the nickname “The Bronx Bull.”

De Niro told Fox News of LaMotta’s passing, “Rest in peace, champ.”

LaMotta’s agent also told Fox News, “Working for the champ for almost 20 years was an honor. Jake was funny and very sweet. Heaven now has a BULL!”

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LaMotta was 83-19 in 106 pro fights, including 30 knockouts– a career that began in 1941, after he was rejected from serving in the military due to a medical issue.

The famous fighter retired in 1954.

Sugar Ray Robinson fights Jake LaMotta 1

YouTube video courtesy of sweetfights

Here’s a scene from Raging Bull:

Raging Bull – “Hit me in the face!”

YouTube video courtesy of Toukyfriz

After retirement, LaMotta owned and managed bars, and became a stage actor and stand-up comedian. In 1958 he was arrested and charged with introducing men to an underage girl at a club he owned in Miami. He was convicted and served 6-months on a chain gang, although he has maintained his innocence.

LaMotta appeared in more than 15 films, including The Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, in which he had a cameo role as a bartender. He appeared in several episodes of the NBC police comedy, Car 54 Where Are You? (1961–63).

LaMotta was married six times, most famously to Beverly “Vikki” Thailer. They wedded in 1946 when she was 16. The couple divorced in 1957 and she later appeared in a nude pictorial for Playboy at age 51. LaMotta joked, “She always complained she had nothing to wear. I never believed her until I saw her in Playboy.”

LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. He married a seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013.

This man was a beast!

Our condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.

Rest in peace my brother…

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