View Full Version : Boxers who committed suicide


1SILVA
07-20-2009, 01:30 PM
There have been several fighters who have committed suicide over time. Can some of the members of the board mention stories and myths concerning some of these fighters. I know that allegedly Sonny Liston, Alexis Arguello and Freddie Mills commited suicide. What about Billy Collins and Randy Turpin?

TheGreatA
07-20-2009, 02:13 PM
Kid McCoy
Jock McAvoy
Eddie Machen (probably)
Billy Papke

Finnish boxer Tarmo Uusivirta.

McCoy went crazy after his wife committed suicide although it is possible that McCoy himself killed her. He robbed houses and held people captive until being arrested. After serving time he killed himself.

His death note:

"Everything in my possession, I want to go to my dear wife, Sue E. Selby... To all my dear friends... best of luck... sorry I could not endure this world's madness."

McAvoy supposedly killed himself at 63 years of age. Not much is known about the circumstances.

Machen fell out of an apartment window. He had a history of mental illnesses and in the early 60's spent time in a mental hospital after threatening to kill himself. He was always bitter for never being given a shot at the heavyweight title.

Papke shot his wife and then himself when he was 50.

Uusivirta the great Finnish prospect was very bitter at how his professional career ended up, he never lived up to the expectations. At 42 years of age he killed himself.

paul750
07-20-2009, 02:15 PM
Not a boxer, but I think a referee did. I forget his name.

TheGreatA
07-20-2009, 02:24 PM
Not a boxer, but I think a referee did. I forget his name.

Tony Gibson and Richard Green who refereed the Ray Mancini-Duk Koo Kim fight.

Also "Fan Man" Miller.

princemanspoper
07-20-2009, 02:25 PM
You retard,you know nothing of Sonny Liston's death outside of a few internet rumors spread by the bully boy posters malone is terrified of.So when you have no knowledge of a subject then you don't ****ing discuss it.Nonetheless joe frazier commited career suicide by finally fighting a big puncher,does that count?

TheGreatA
07-20-2009, 02:28 PM
You retard,you know nothing of Sonny Liston's death outside of a few internet rumors spread by the bully boy posters malone is terrified of.So when you have no knowledge of a subject then you don't ****ing discuss it.Nonetheless joe frazier commited career suicide by finally fighting a big puncher,does that count?

Once again proving why you're undoubtedly the worst poster around the Boxing History section.

mickey malone
07-20-2009, 02:31 PM
After retirement, Turpin invested his earnings in a public house in Llandudno, Wales.. A few years later he was declared bankrupt, & shot himself in the head.. To add to the tragedy, it was immediately after trying to kill his daughter..
More recently, but coincidently, US boxer, Najai Turpin (no relation) also ended his own life..
George Francis, the trainer of Frank Bruno was another troubled soul who did the same about 6 years ago..

Thread Stealer
07-20-2009, 02:43 PM
Tony Gibson and Richard Green who refereed the Ray Mancini-Duk Koo Kim fight.

Also "Fan Man" Miller.

Mitch Halpern as well.

mickey malone
07-20-2009, 02:51 PM
You retard,you know nothing of Sonny Liston's death outside of a few internet rumors spread by the bully boy posters malone is terrified of.So when you have no knowledge of a subject then you don't ****ing discuss it.Nonetheless joe frazier commited career suicide by finally fighting a big puncher,does that count?
I'd imagine you made a vain attempt the night GF got butt whooped by Young, but I doubt there was enough weight to hang yourself lol...

paul750
07-20-2009, 02:58 PM
Yeah, Mitch Halpern was the referee I was thinking of. Thanks for the other info though.