The Boxing legend Jake 'The Raging Bull' LaMotta has died, aged 95.
The American professional boxer, was a former World Middleweight Champion and a stand-up comedian who died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his wife Denise confirmed this afternoon.
She said: "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced." His turbulent life - both in and out of the ring - was portrayed in the 1980 film Raging Bull by Robert De Niro.
Nicknamed 'The Raging Bull', LaMotta was a rough fighter, who although not particularly a big puncher, would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring.
With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a 'bully', and is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger.
Due to his style of fighting, LaMotta often got as much as he was giving in an era of great middleweights,
LaMotta's six fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson is one of the most notable in the sport, with LaMotta winning just one of the bouts.
Although each one was close, LaMotta dropped Robinson multiple times.
LaMotta, who has lived a turbulent life in and out of the ring, was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull.
His brother Joey LaMotta was his manager.
In February 1998, LaMotta's elder son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer.
In September 1998, his younger son, Joseph, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.
LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria.
He married a seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013.
LaMotta remained active on the speaking and autograph circuit, and published several books about his career, his life, and his fights with Robinson.
One thing about Jake La Motta is he has got to be one of the toughest humans that ever lived, SIX wars against Sugar Ray Robinson who is regarded as the Greatest ever pound for pound fighter where he not only dropped Robinson but also once beat him. He outlived two of his sons and every.. READ MORE 👇👇