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Jake LaMotta Dead, Robert De Niro Mourns 'Raging Bull'

Jake LaMotta‘Raging Bull’ Boxer Dead… De Niro Pays Tribute

9/20/2017 7:20 AM PDT


8:54 AM PT — Robert De Niro just issued a statement on LaMotta’s passing, “Rest in Peace, Champ.”

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta — the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie “Raging Bull” — died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95.

Jake’s wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.

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.

Jake’s wife tells TMZ, “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.”

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

He went on to win the world middleweight championship — but he’s most well known for his 6-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson … though he only won 1 of the 6 fights.

LaMotta was famously portrayed by De Niro in the 1980 movie “Raging Bull,” based on Jake’s autobiography. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor that year.


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