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Ex-heavyweight champ Ken Norton Sr. dies at age 70

Sept. 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton Sr. has died at an Arizona hospital, his former manager said Wednesday. He was 70 years old.

Patrick Tenore told the Los Angeles Times Norton died of congestive heart failure while undergoing rehabilitation from a stroke suffered last year.

Norton, coming in as a 5-1 underdog, shot to fame with a March 31, 1973, title decision over Muhammed Ali in San Diego during which he broke the champion's jaw.

But he fell to Ali in a rematch later that year at Inglewood, Calif., as well as in a 1976 decision at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Norton finished his boxing career with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts.

Son Ken Norton Jr. was an NFL linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers and is now on the coaching staff of the Seattle Seahawks.

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