Gallery | In memory of fallen sports figures

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Diego Maradona | The Argentine icon, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup triumph, died of a heart attack on November 25. He was 60. Picture: Archivo El Grafico / Getty Images
Diego Maradona | The Argentine icon, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup triumph, died of a heart attack on November 25. He was 60. Picture: Archivo El Grafico / Getty Images

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From international greats Kobe Bryant and Diego Maradona to local heroes including Motjeka Madisha and Anele Ngcongca, the City Press Sports team remembers some of the sports figures who died this year.

SA football's period of mourning
SA football's period of mourning

Kobe Bryant | The LA Lakers star and NBA Hall of Famer, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash on January 26. He was 41. Picture: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images
Roger Mayweather | A two-weight boxing champion in his heyday, Roger was the uncle and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. He died after a long battle with diabetes on March 17. He was 58. Picture: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images
Anele Ngcongca | The Sundowns defender was tragically killed in a car accident near Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal on November 23. He was 23. Picture: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix
Motjeka Madisha
Motjeka Madisha |The Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana defender died in a car accident in the early hours of December 13. He was 25 Picture: Samuel Shivambu / Backpagepix
Papa Bouba Diop
Papa Bouba Diop | The former Premier League player and star of the 2002 World Cup Senegal team died on November 29 following a long illness. He was 42 Picture: Gary M. Prior / Getty Images

Silas Nkanunu known as the ‘Mandela of rugby' | Nkanunu became SA Rugby Union’s first black president when he succeeded Louis Luyt in 1998. He died on November 6 following a long illness. He was 87. Picture: Ross Setford / Getty Images
Christophe Dominici | The French rugby legend was found dead in a park near Paris on November 24. He was 48. Picture: Julian Finney / Getty Images
Gérard Houllier | The former Liverpool coach died on December 14 after undergoing heart surgery. The Frenchman managed the Reds from 1998 to 2004 and led them to five major trophies, including the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble in 2000/01. He was 73. Picture: Stu Forster / Getty Images
Makhosini Luthuli
Makhosini Luthuli | The former Banyana Banyana star succumbed to cancer on November 17. She was 46. Picture: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images


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