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Jake LaMotta Dies: Boxing's 'Raging Bull' Who Inspired Film Was 95

Jake LaMotta Dies: Boxing's 'Raging Bull' Who Inspired Film Was 95

This June 16, 1949, file photo shows Jake LaMotta, right, fighting Marcel Cerdan in Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. LaMotta knocked out Cerdan in the 10th round to become the new world middleweight champion. (AP Photo/File)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:58 PM

Jake LaMotta, the legendary boxer known as "Raging Bull" who inspired the Oscar-winning film, died Tuesday at the age of 95 after battling pneumonia.

“Rest in Peace Pop,” daughter Christi posted to Facebook with a photo of her father in his prime.

The legendary boxer had impacted the world in various ways and his death has left many in mourning.

LaMotta was born on the lower east side of Manhattan on July 10, 1922.

According to his website, his father forced him into fighting other children as a means of entertainment for the neighborhood adults. Spectators would throw loose change into the ring and LaMotta’s father would collect the money and use it to help pay for rent.

The boxer honed his skills during his teenage years and by 19 he went professional, becoming the first man to beat Sugar Ray Robinson. LaMotta knocked his opponent down in the first round of their first fight before proceeding to outpoint him over the course of 10 rounds during the second fight of their legendary six-bout rivalry.

LaMotta's career spanned decades and included various victories and prestigious titles, including a world title, which he obtained after defeating Marcel Cerdan in 1949.

Ring Magazine had ranked LaMotta 52nd in “80 Greatest Fighters of The Past 80 Years” and hailed him as one of the “10 greatest middleweights of all time.”

After retiring from the ring, LaMotta decided to pursue a different form of entertainment as a comedian and actor, appearing in more than 15 films including “The Hustler” in which he played a bartender alongside Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.

H wrote a memoir, “Raging Bull: My Story,” in 1970, which later became an Academy Award-winning film adaption starring Robert De Niro.

Fans and fellow boxers took to Twitter to remember LaMotta.

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