MIAMI — Former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, whose boxing career was made even more famous by the movie Raging BullI has died, according to reports from his family.
He was 96 years old.
Robert DeNiro, who won the best actor Academy Award in 1980 for his portrayal of the fighter, in a statement this morning said: “Rest in Peace, Champ.”
LaMotta’s fiancee Denise Baker said he died late Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in a Miami-area hospital.
LaMotta, was known for bullying, the poundings he would give his opponents, and one of the most intense rivalries in boxing’s history. He fought Sugar Ray Robinson a staggering six times, and only managed to win one of the bouts.
He said, “I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes.”
The tributes have been pouring in for the fighter:
RIP ‘Bronx Bull’ Jake LaMotta
— Anthony Fowler (@afowler06) September 20, 2017
RIP Jake LaMotta. “Many are called but few are chosen” pic.twitter.com/LHA84vBPmQ
— Paul Silky Jones (@PSilkyJones) September 20, 2017
RIP somehow doesn’t seem appropriate for Jake LaMotta. You know he’s up there now asking Sugar Ray for another go. https://t.co/vcPWwg3Gy4
— Paul D Gibson (@PaulieDGibson) September 20, 2017