Today sport is the biggest form of entertainment and is enjoyed by all. the sports has the power to unite people. And what makes sport such a phenomenon are its players. The players who live the dream thousands of us have. The fans see a part of them in their heroes and when these heroes fall, it is a heartbreaking loss. So today we have prepared a list of the 5 most tragic deaths that shook the world and as a fan the loss of these individuals affects us to this day.
1. Ayrton Senna
“I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s”
That was the class of Ayrton Senna. That was the enigma of Ayrton Senna.
Even after 21 years Senna’s memory remains as fresh as yesterday. His death on 1st may 1994 shook the entire world and to this day people mourn the death of the greatest formula one driver.
Senna was leading at the San Marino circuit but at a deadly turn he lost control of his car and crashed into the wall. Senna suffered serious head trauma and died. His death was a serious loss for Brazil. He was Brazil’s shining star. A country embroiled in poverty, Senna’s achievements were the achievement of an entire nation. His death wasn’t only a loss for the sport, but also a loss for mankind.
2. Andres Escobar
The murder of Andres Escobar is the most tragic death in the history of football. Regarded as the ‘gentleman of the game’ a mistake cost a promising star his life. Escobar hailed from a troubled Colombia and could have become the first Colombian player to play for a European club like AC Milan if only for that own goal against the USA. Colombia entered the 1994 world cup on a high defeating Argentina in the qualifiers. Everyone backed Colombia with Pele saying that they were a promising team. But the form of the qualifiers could not be replicated in the world cup, and Colombia were thrown out of the tournament by an own goal from their captain Andres Escobar. The aftermath of the exit saw players receiving heavy criticism and life threats with the brunt being faced by Escobar. And ultimately in a fight with some fans outside a bar Escobar was gunned down and a name that could be among the best in Europe was lost forever. A dark day engraved in our memories forever.
3. The Munich Massacre
In 1974 at the Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists killed Israeli athletes in one of the worst tragedies in sporting history. With the Holocaust being a part of their pasts already, the homecoming wasn’t very pleasant for the Israeli athletes. On the night of 5 September 1972 terrorists from the group ‘Black September’ stormed the flats occupied by the Israel athletes killing 2 and taking the others hostage. They demanded the release of 242 prisoners from Israeli prison and 2 from the German camps. When their demands weren’t fulfilled and their threats went in vain, the terrorists demanded a plane to escape to Egypt. In a showdown that followed at the airstrip, all the hostages were killed by the terrorists when they realised that they had no way to escape.
4. Bob Woolmer
The death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in the 2007 world cup is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of the recent era. After Pakistan’s shocking loss to Ireland and subsequent exit from the tournament, Woolmer retired to his room only to never come out alive. Woolmer was found in his hotel bathroom sprawled on with vomit around inciting a case of a natural death due to asphyxiation. But investigations took a turn towards murder and speculations lead to the detainment and subsequent questioning of the Pakistani trio, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and team manager Talat Al. But ultimately nothing was proved and it was termed as a natural death. But the conspiracies still stand; was it the mafia, was it suicide or was it the team. No one knows and no one is likely to ever know.
5. Marco Simoncelli
Marco Simoncelli was an Italian moto GP driver who died at the age of 24 years while racing on October 23, 2011. It was Marco’s 2nd year of racing in the moto GP category when a budding talent was nipped in the bud in Malaysia. Simoncelli lost control of the bike and fell off. What made matters worse was that his helmet flew off and he was run over by two riders one of them crushing his head. There was no hope for Simoncelli as he was rushed to the hospital. Italy went into mourning and over 20000 mourners paid tribute to a lost hero. Simoncelli today has the race track and a town to his name where a train route has been renumbered 58, the number Simoncelli wore during his career.