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John Ascuaga, casino owner and gaming pioneerStuart Damon, an American actorKolbein Falkeid, Norwegian poetDelia Fiallo, Cuban author and screenwriter, Cuban author and screenwriterJohn James Furlong, Irish businessman and poker playerAlison Greenspan, American film and television producerSteven Horwitz, American economistJiang Jingshan, Chinese aerospace engineerTebogo Steve Kekana, South African singer and songwriterKobo Kenichi, sumo wrestlerLehlohonolo Lehlo Ledwaba, South African professional boxerLambert Mascarenhas, Indian journalist, independence activist and writerJanet Teresa Moreau Stone, American track and field athleteMutodi Neshehe, South African actorVera Nikolic, Serbian middle-distance runnerGreg “Da Bull” Noll, American pioneer of big wave surfingSergio Victor Palma, Argentine boxing championPer-Ake Tommy Persson, Swedish blues and reggae musician and social criticLellia Cracco Ruggini, Italian historianDonald Henry Rumsfeld, American politician, government official, and businessmanDebra Philece Sampler, American film, television and voice actressOnsi Sawiris, Egyptian businessmanMenelik Shabazz, Barbados-born British film director, producer, educator, and writerJolien Verschueren, Belgian cyclo-cross cyclistLise Vidal, French windsurf championDel Wilkes, American professional wrestler and college football player

Art and Literature

Kolbein Falkeid (87) was born in Haugesund, Norway. He has published over thirty poetry collections starting in 1962. This includes his play The Terrorists, which has been performed in Norway, Japan, New York City, and Tel Aviv. He served on the Research Council of Norway, the Literary Council of the Norwegian Authors' Union, the Norwegian Language Council, and on the Norwegian Directorate of Public Libraries. Falkeid reached a large Norwegian audience both through his own poetry collections and through his collaboration with the Norwegian band Vamp, who used a number of his poems for their songs' lyrics. Unfortunately, none of the Vamp’s songs using Falkied poems are translated into English. Falkeid published Norwegian language translations of poems by Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Leopold Senghor, Nicanor Parra, D.H. Lawrence, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. His honors include Norway’s Statens Store Arbeidsstipendium, the Cappelen Award, the Bergen International Festival Poet of the Year, and many more. Falkeid died on June 27, 2021.


Business and Science

John Ascuaga (96) served in the U.S. Army in his youth, receiving an honorable discharge. He then went to college at the University of Idaho and Washington State University, where he earned degrees in accounting and hotel and restaurant management. Ascuaga would meet Idaho native Dick Graves, who owned Dick Graves’ Nugget, a small coffee shop in Sparks, Nevada. Ascuaga would take over the Nugget after Graves retired in 1960. Ascuaga turned the Nugget into a major hotel-casino in the coming decades—eventually growing it into a 1,658-room hotel, with eight restaurants, 84,000 square feet of gaming area, and 110,000 square feet of convention space. He owned the Nugget Casino for more than five decades before selling it in December 2013.Ascuaga was also an active member of the Nevada Resort Association during his time at the Nugget’s helm. He died on June 28, 2021.

Jiang Jingshan (85) is of Korean descent and was born in February 1936, in Jilin Province, Manchukuo. He graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Electrical Engineering in the former Soviet Union in 1962 and went to the United States to engage in microwave remote sensing research from 1981 to 1983. He became the first Chinese scientist in researching microwave remote sensing technology after he participated in the creation of China's first satellite, Dong Fang Hong I. He is the founder of China's National Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (NMRS). Jingshan had been the director of the Center for Space Science and Applied Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, deputy chief designer of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, and an aerospace expert of China's 863 Program. He won the special prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, Outstanding Contributor to China's Manned Space Project, Outstanding Contributor to Lunar Exploration Project, Zeng Xianzi Outstanding Contributor Award for Manned Space Flight, and many other honors. Jingshan was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1999 and a member of Committee on Space Research. Jingshan died on June 27, 2021,in Beijing, China.

Onsi Sawiris (90) born to a Coptic family in August 1930. He studied agriculture at Cairo University, but his interest was more toward business. In the 1950s he established, together with a partner, the contracting company Onsi&Lamei which operated in road building and canal digging. In 1961, Onsi&Lamei Co. was nationalized among the many businesses and industries nationalized by the socialist regime of President Gamal Abdel-Nasser. Five years later, with private business opportunity almost non-existent in Egypt, Sawiris left for Libya where he started a business there. He only resumed work in Egypt in the 1970s when President Anwar al-Sadat opened up Egypt’s economy towards a free market. He moved back to Egypt in1976 and established Orascom for Construction Industries. During the 1980s and 1990s, the company expanded into tourism and hotels, computer services, and mobile telephone services, to become one of Egypt’s largest businesses. According to the Forbes website, Sawiris's wealth hit $993.8 million as he was dropped off the billionaires’ list in 2018–2019. Sawiris died on June 29, 2021, following a long battle with illness.


Education

Steven Horwitz (57) born in Detroit, Michigan but raised in Oak Park, Michigan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1985. In 1989, Horwitz joined the economics department of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1995 and to full professor in 2002. In 1999, he was awarded the annual Frank Piskor Lectureship, and in 2003 he was the recipient of the J. Calvin Keene Award, which recognizes high standards of personal scholarship, effective teaching, and moral concern. In 2007, Horwitz was elected by the faculty to one of six campus-wide Charles A. Dana Professorships. In 2019, he received the Prometheus Award for the Promotion of Economic Literacy from the Greek think tank KEFiM. Horwitz was the 2020 recipient of the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, honoring his work documenting human progress and the importance of liberal institutions. He was a frequent op-ed contributor to major newspapers and appeared on numerous radio shows as well as television shows. In 2017, he retired as the Dana Professor of Economics Emeritus at St. Lawrence University, the same year he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. In fall 2017, Horwitz joined the Department of Economics at Miller College of Business at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, as the Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Economy. Horwitz died on June 27, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lellia Ruggini (89) born in Milan on September 20, 1931. In 1954, she graduated from the University of Pavia with a degree in literature and was awarded a PhD in 1963 by the University of Turin. From 1957–1968, she taught Greek and Roman history at the University of Pavia, becoming Libera Docente of Roman history and Latin epigraphy in 1963. She was Professor of Latin epigraphy at Pavia from 1965 to 1967.She was director of the Institute of Ancient History at Turin University from 1968 to 1975, where she taught Roman history, Greek history, and Latin epigraphy within the faculty of literature and philosophy. In 1989, Ruggini was elected as a member of the Academy of Europe. In 1995, she became professor emerita at Turin University. She was appointed a foreign correspondent of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, France, in 2004, and advanced to become a foreign associate in 2010. She held fellowships of the Italian Institute of Historical Study “Benedetto Croce” at Naples, the School for Advanced Studies at Paris, the American Academy in Rome, and twice made fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in New Jersey. She was co-director of the New History Magazine, the Italian History Magazine, and from 1962 to 1967, she was secretary of Athenaeum review. Ruggini was a member of the Turin Academy of Science, the Lincean Academy, the National Society of Antiquaries of France, the Institute of France, the European Academy at London, the Association for Late Antiquity at Paris, and the Association for Late Antique Studies at Naples. Ruggini published more than 300 works in the fields of economic and social history. Her awards include the1962 Alessandro Bonavera prize awarded by Accademia delle Scienze of Turin, and in 1966, the Stefano Lacini prize for the best history book. Ruggini died on June 27, 2021, in Turin, Italy.


News and Entertainment

Stuart Damon (84) was born in Brooklyn, New York. Damon's parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who made their home in America after fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution. Moving to Britain in the 1960s, Damon starred in the hit musical Charlie Girland appeared on the cult series, The Champions. After acting in several other British television series, including Thriller, The New Avengers and the children's favorite, The Adventures of Black Beauty, he returned to the United States. In 1977, he began his most famous American role, Dr. Alan Quartermaine Sr. on General Hospital. In 1999, Damon won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy for this character. In December 2006, it was reported that Damon had been fired from General Hospital, when his character died. Despite the death of his character, Damon had remained on the show until December, 2008, playing the ghost of Dr. Alan Quartermaine Sr. Damon died on June 29, 2021, as a result of kidney failure. He’d been struggling with renal failure for several years.

Delia Fiallo (96) she studied philosophy and literature in Havana, receiving her doctorate in 1948. She began writing radionovelas in Havana in 1949, making her first adaptation to a telenovela in Cuba in 1957. She left the country, together with her family, in 1966, for exile in Miami, where she would write most of her novels. She moved to Venezuela, to supervise productions of her works by Venevisión and later Radio Caracas Televisión. Fiallo had not written an original telenovela since1985, the last project she worked on, La Felicidad, was never completed and she decided to retire. At that time, she sold the rights to her works. Due to the contributions she made to the rise of the melodrama genre in the late 1970s and mid–1980s, she is considered to be the mother of the Latin American telenovela. In all, over 80 successful adaptations have been made of her soap operas in different countries and languages. Fiallo died on June 29,2021, in Miami, Florida.

John Furlong (83) was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Although christened John James Furlong, he was nicknamed Noel because he was born on Christmas Day. Furlong began playing poker in 1984, and in his first trip to the World Series of Poker in 1989, he placed 6th in the main event. Ten years later, Furlong's biggest win came in the 1999 WSOP main event, in which he won $1 million. Until the 2005 World Series of Poker main event, he was the top money-winning Irish poker player in the world. He is currently 6th on the Irish poker tournament money-winning list. Furlong also won the Irish Poker Open in 1987 and again in 1989. Furlong is one of only five players in Irish Poker Open history to have won the tournament twice. Furlong owned a carpet distribution company that did over $100 million worth of business a year. Because of his involvement with the carpet business, he did not play poker very frequently, usually only the WSOP and tournaments in Ireland and Western Europe. Furlong's other interests included owning horses and working as a horse trainer. In March 1991, he won over $2 million from bookmakers when his horse Destriero won the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. Furlong died on June 27, 2021, from natural causes.

Alison Greenspan (48) born Alison Sheryl Greenspan in Washington, D.C., she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American History and Political Science in 1994. While at Penn, Alison was a member of the Penn “Bloomers”, an all-female original sketch and musical comedy group—this experience led her to pursue a career in the entertainment business. Following graduation, Alison moved to Los Angeles and began her career at Creative Artists Agency as an assistant. Greenspan was an executive at Denise Di Novi’s production company and worked on an array of projects, starting with 2002s A Walk To Remember. She produced many other feature films, including If I Stay, Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo, Catwoman,and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Greenspan's career consisted of adapting movies from popular books. In 2014, three films Greenspan produced were released: The Best of Me, You're Not You, and If I Stay. Greenspan died on June 27, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.

Tebogo Kekana (63) was born on August 4, 1958, in Transvaal, South Africa. He lost his sight at the age of five, and attended a school for the blind. During his school years, he developed a love for singing, and became a member of amateur groups during his teenage years. In 1979 and 1980, Kekana won what was then known as the SABC Black Music Award for best male vocalist. Kekana's “Raising My Family” was a big hit in Europe in 1980. In total, Kekana had recorded more than forty albums. His songs The Bushman and Feel So Strong were hits on the Springbok Radio Chart (the semi-official South African chart of the time) reaching number 13 and number 6 in 1982 and 1983 respectively. Kekana was a university graduate with a bachelor of jurisprudence and a law degree. He was a lecturer in Labor Law at the University of South Africa. Kekana died on July 1, 2021, from complications of COVID-19.

Lambert Mascarenhas (106) born in Goa, Portuguese India, his early education was in Pune and later at the St. Xavier's College of Mumbai. He started his career as a journalist in the Morning Standard at Mumbai. He later edited for the Goan Tribune, which was dedicated to the cause of Goa's liberation. While at the Goan Tribune, he wrote numerous articles against the Portuguese colonial regime and caught the attention of both Indian leaders as well as the Portuguese regime. While on a visit to Goa, he was arrested and jailed by the Portuguese for his articles. He was later released on bail and expelled from Goa.Upon his return to liberated Goa in 1961, he joined as the editor of The Navhind Times and later established and edited Goa Today. He had taken a vow that he would marry only after the Liberation of Goa from the colonial Portuguese rule. Hence, he married on December 29, 1961, exactly ten days after Goa's liberation. He authored several books, including Sorrowing Lies my Land, The First City, In The Womb of Saudade, The Greater Tragedy and Heartbreak Passage. Lambert was awarded the Laxmidas Borkar Memorial Award for journalism in 2004. He was also awarded Goa's highest civilian award, the Gomant Vibhushan and the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015. He died on June 27, 2021 in India.

Mutodi Neshehe (46) was born in Soweto in 1975. He started acting when he was four years old with the guidance of his mother Thelma Neshehe, who starred in several movies and soaps. When Neshehe was 14 years old, he was sent to school in America because of the constant threats to his family by organizations from the previous government. Neshehe graduated from high school and college in America. He modeled for RBA Studios in North Carolina and Worldwide Modeling Group in Atlanta, Georgia. After 15 years in America, Mutodi returned home to South Africa in 2004 and had made 8 films, 7 TV shows, and over 50 commercials both local and international. He is best known for his role as Ndalamo Mukwevho on Muvhango and as Zola on Generations – The Legacy. Neshehe founded the production company, Mutodi Films and Alexis Consulting Solutions. He died on July 1, 2021, from Covid-19-related complications.

Per-Ake Persson (74) known by the stage name Peps Persson, he was born on December 20,1946, in Helsingborg and grew up in Tjörnarp. His started his first band in 1962, Pop Penders. He later formed Peps Blues Quality. Persson's career up to 1975 was mostly the blues, and he's known for having reworked many famous blues and reggae tunes into Swedish by such artists as Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and Bob Marley. After 1975, his career turned away from the blues and focused mostly on reggae. Some of his songs, like Falsk Matematik and Hög Standard, made a political statement, and were considered part of the progg movement. Persson was the recipient of an honorary award at the Grammis ceremony in 2007, and was inducted into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Persson died from heart failure on June 27, 2021, at his home in Vittsjö.

Debra Sampler (67) born in San Angelo, Texas, on July 16, 1953. After graduating from the University of North Texas in 1975 with a drama degree, Sampler moved to Hollywood and quickly landed guest roles in a few television movies and series. She first made a name for herself playing Renée DuMonde on the soap Days of Our Lives. After leaving Days of our Lives in September 1983, she went on to the TV series Rituals, which ran from 1984–1985. After Rituals, Sampler took a role on Another World in 1986. When that role ended in 1989, Sampler then took a break from acting and moved to Japan. She returned to the U.S. with a few screenplays and formed Philman Entertainment, a production company. She performed in UPN's animated series, The Incredible Hulk, as the voice of Betty Ross. She voiced Francine, a character from the Rugrats spin-off series All Grown Up! and Mimi Tachikawa in the anime series Digimon. Over the course of her forty-year career, Sampler logged nearly 200 performing credits. Sampler died on July 1, 2021, in Los Angeles, California, after suffering a heart attack.

Menelik Shabazz (67) was born in St. John, Barbados, in 1954. His family immigrated to the United Kingdom when he was five years old. At the age of 18 he began to think about making films after being introduced to Sony's first portable video technology while studying at North London College. Shabazz is acknowledged as a pioneer in the development of independent Black British cinema, having been at the forefront of contemporary British filmmaking for more than 30 years. Shabazz is best known for the 1981 film Burning an Illusion, his first feature. Despite attempts to produce further drama projects, Shabazz was unable to raise funding from within the film and television industry. In frustration, he withdrew from filmmaking in 1998. Shabazz then channeled his energies into publishing Black Filmmaker Magazine (BFM) and creating the BFM International Film Festival. He was also co-founder of Kuumba film production company and Ceddo Film and Video Workshop. Shabazz died on June 28, 2021, in Zimbabwe, from complications of diabetes.

Del Wilkes (59) better known by his ring names, “The Trooper” and “The Patriot”. Wilkes played college football for the South Carolina Gamecocks. He was one of only four Gamecock consensus All-Americans. Wilkes was selected as an All-American starter in 1984 by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Associated Press (AP), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC). Despite a stellar collegiate campaign, Wilkes failed to make the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985 and the Atlanta Falcons in 1986. When football was over for Wilkes, he turned to a pro wrestling career. Over the course of his nine-year career, Wilkes wrestled for the American Wrestling Association, the Global Wrestling Federation, All Japan Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation. After leaving the WWF, Wilkes retired due to a torn triceps muscle. Wilkes admitted that he had used anabolic steroids and cocaine during his career, starting with his college football days. He spent nine months in prison in 2002 for forging a prescription due to his addiction to painkillers. Wilkes eventually quit drugs and resided in Columbia, South Carolina, where he worked at Dick Smith Nissan as a car salesman. Wilkes died of a heart attack on July 1, 2021.


Politics and Military

Donald Rumsfeld (88) was born on July 9, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Winnetka, Illinois. Rumsfeld became an Eagle Scout and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and its Silver Buffalo Award. He attended Princeton University on academic and NROTC partial scholarships. He graduated in 1954 with an A.B. in politics. During his time at Princeton, he was an accomplished amateur wrestler, becoming captain of the varsity wrestling team. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, but did not take a degree from either institution. After serving in the Navy for three years, he mounted a campaign for Congress in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, winning in 1962 at the age of 30. While in Congress, he was a leading co-sponsor of the Freedom of Information Act. Rumsfeld accepted an appointment by President Richard Nixon to head the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1969; he also headed up the Economic Stabilization Program before being appointed ambassador to NATO. Called back to Washington in August 1974, Rumsfeld was appointed chief of staff by President Ford. When Ford lost the 1976 election, Rumsfeld returned to private business and financial life, and was named president and CEO of the pharmaceutical corporation G. D. Searle & Company. He was later named CEO of General Instrument from 1990 to 1993 and chairman of Gilead Sciences from 1997 to 2001.Rumsfeld was appointed Secretary of Defense for a second time in January 2001 by President George W. Bush. As Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld played a central role in the invasion of Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq. Rumsfeld gradually lost political support and resigned in late 2006. In his retirement years, he published an autobiography, Known and Unknown: A Memoir, as well as Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life. He died on June 29, 2021.


Sports

Kobo Kenichi (47) born as Kenichi Mineyama, on August 18,1973. He made his professional debut in March 1989 at the age of 15. He worked his way quickly through the lowest three divisions, making his makushita debut shortly after his 18th birthday. He reached the top makuuchi division for the first time in November 2001, but only lasted two tournaments before being demoted. He returned on two other occasions, but he largely remained a veteran of the juryo division, in which he spent 44 tournaments. In July 2007, he fell to the unsalaried makushita division for the first time since September 2000, and he announced his retirement in December of that year. His highest rank was maegashira 9. Kenichi remained with the Japan Sumo Association as an elder and initially worked as a coach. In May 2008, he had his official retirement ceremony at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. Kenichi died from Covid-19 on July 2, 2021.

Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (49) born at his grandparents’ home in Meadowlands, Soweto, South Africa, on July 27, 1971. Ledwaba’s uncle Simon was an amateur boxer. He first introduced the youngster to boxing when he was around eight years old. The South African embarked on a successful amateur career. He had many amateur fights but only started to record them in 1987. During this time he went 79-3. Ledwaba won a national junior title before spending a year on the senior circuit where he won another national title. In October 1990, Ledwaba turned professional. He moved steadily through the ranks, winning Transvaal and South African national titles. He also won a fringe title belt which helped him gain further attention on the international stage. In 1999,Ledwaba captured the vacant IBF super bantamweight title with a decision victory over John Michael Johnson. Ledwaba defended the belt 5 times before losing it to Manny Pacquiao. Although he fought sparingly over the next five years with some success, he never returned to world level and retired in the fall of 2006. After retirement he lived in Johannesburg and worked as a trainer and manager. Ledwaba died on July 2, 2021 from complications of COVID-19.

Janet Moreau-Stone (93) was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Prior to her Olympic win, she competed in the 1951 Pan American Games on the winning 4x100-relay team, while a senior at Boston University. She competed for the United States in the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland, in the 4 x 100 meters. She won the Gold medal with her teammates Mae Faggs, Barbara Jones, and Catherine Hardy. Moreau was a national champion in the 50-yard dash, 220-yard dash, and was a 5-time national champion of the standing broadjump; she still holds the American record of 8’10”. A few of her awards are the 1952 Rhode Island French Athlete of the Year, 1952 Athlete of the Year, 1968 Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, 1979 Boston University Hall of Fame, 1986 Pawtucket Hall of Fame, and 1987 Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame. Stone taught physical education at Barrington Middle School for 36 years and served as an interfaith minister. In 2008, she was chosen by the United States Summer Olympics Team to serve as their Lay Champlain in Beijing, China. Stone died in Barrington, Rhode Island, on June 30, 2021.

Vera Nikolic (72) was born on September 23, in Serbia, Yugoslavia. At the age of 13, athletic expert Aleksandar Petrovic noticed her talent and suggested that they train together. At the age of 16, she became a member of Serbia’s national track team. At the age 17, she competed in the 1966 European Championships in Budapest and won first place in the 800 meter race, it was the first gold medal at the European Championships for Yugoslavia. At the end of the year, she was named the athlete of the year in Yugoslavia . In 1968, fans expected her to win gold at the Olympic Games in Mexico, this caused Nikolic unwanted pressure. Nikolic succumbed to the pressure by quitting during her final race. She stepped off the course, while holding the lead, and walking back to the start line as the other racers continued. She recovered in time for the 1969 European Championships in Athens, winning a bronze medal. At the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki, she won a gold medal, and at the 1972 Munich Olympics she won fifth place with a new Yugoslav record. She left athletics in 1974 and worked as an athletics coach until her retirement in 2007. Nikolic died on June 28, 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Greg Noll (84) born Greg Lawhead in San Diego, California, on February 11, 1937. He adopted the surname of his stepfather at age 3. He began surfing at the age of 11 in the South Bay and was a member of Manhattan Beach Surf Club . He moved to Hawaii in 1954, where he finished high school, and lived and surfed at Makaha. From the early 1950s through the 1960s, he traveled from Southern California to Mexico, Australia, and the Hawaiian island of Oahu in search of the biggest waves. In 1964, Noll was credited with being the first person to ride a wave at Oahu’s Third Reef Pipeline. By the late 1980s, he started a small shop specializing in custom-made surfboards. Noll left surfing, closed his surfboard factory and moved to Northern California, where he became a successful commercial fisherman and later a sport fishing guide. In 2009, along with his son Jed, he opened Noll Surfboards in San Clemente, designing a line of customized boards for collectors that commemorate historical surfing events or honor legendary surfers. Noll died in Crescent City, California, on June 28, 2021.

Sergio Palma (65) was born in the town of La Tigra. He made his professional debut on January 15, 1976. Palma fought for his first world title in 1979 when he faced Ricardo Cardona losing on a split decision. Facing reigning champion Leo Randolph the following year, Palma stopped him in the fifth round to become WBA super bantamweight champion. His reign lasted two years before Leo Cruz beat him in a rematch for the title. After the loss, he would fight only six times over eight years and retire from the sport in 1990. Throughout his professional career, he had 52 wins, 20 by knockout, suffered five losses and had five draws. Palma resided in Mar del Plata where he died on June 28, 2021, due to complications related to COVID-19.

Jolien Verschueren (31) born on May 7, 1990, in Kortrijk, Belgium. She rode for UCI Cyclo-cross team Pauwels Sauzen–Bingoal. Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing which typically takes place in the autumn and winter and consist of many laps of a short (1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. She represented Belgium in the women's elite event at the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. She won the Koppenbergcross in 2015 and repeated at the 2016 DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Koppenbergcross. Verschueren won ten cyclo-cross races in her career, but second place at the European Championships in 2015, her greatest achievement. After an accident during cycling training that same year, a scan revealed that Verschueren had a brain tumor. Surgery was not considered necessary at the time. A later examination, in 2018, showed that the tumor had grown, which was followed by surgery. In recent months, Verschueren had stopped cycling, and in recent weeks her medical situation had deteriorated even further. Verschueren died on July 2, 2021, from brain cancer.

Lise Vidal (43) born November 24, 1977, in Marseille, France. She was a member of the French sailing team from 1999 to 2007. Vidal took third place in the Mistral OD world championships in 1999. Vidal also participated in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney, where she finished ninth. After retiring from competition Vidal was a national technical manager and coach of athletes training for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Vidal died of a brain hemorrhage on July 2, 2021.


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