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These are the unforgettable, tragic stories of superstars we loved and lost - told as you’ve never heard them before.

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These are the unforgettable, tragic stories of superstars we loved and lost - told as you’ve never heard them before.

    Robert Enke

    Robert Enke

    WARNING: this episode contains references to suicide.


    Robert Enke needs to talk. But it's harder than it looks. Especially with all that baggage from the past and worries about the future. He's the kid from East Germany who made it to the Bundesliga. But he's also the man who's tormented by inner-demons - even if you can't quite see it.
     
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    • 32 min
    Andrés Escobar

    Andrés Escobar

    We all know that old line about football and life and death. But in Colombia in the 1990s - run by drug cartels - nothing makes sense. And when a footballer for the national side makes a critical mistake, the repercussions will echo around the world.
     
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    • 34 min
    Vitas Gerulaitis

    Vitas Gerulaitis

    Vitas Gerulaitis is the New York native turned global celebrity. The immigrant outsider shaking up an establishment sport. Living as large as the Times Square billboards. But when the money is spent, and the momentum slows, what’s left? And when you live as fast as Vitas, can you hold fast to anything?
     
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    • 30 min
    Chris Benoit

    Chris Benoit

    WARNING: this episode contains references to murder and suicide.


    In professional wrestling, you don’t know where fantasy ends and reality starts. But Chris Benoit was a method actor. He liked realness. And after years of drugs and injuries, that had deadly consequences.


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    • 27 min
    Pat Tillman

    Pat Tillman

    If you were asked to design a super-hero to save America, he’d probably look like Pat. But what Pat looks like and who he really is are two very different things. He reads poetry and the Qur'an and the Communist Manifesto. He fights tooth and nail to make it in the NFL, so how did he end up giving it all up to join the army and risk getting killed?
     
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    • 31 min
    Jock Stein

    Jock Stein

    He did things no other football manager had ever done. He came from hardship and took a struggling club to the top of the world. Football saved him, gave him a purpose. All until one dark autumn night when two countries met with so much at stake and the pressure finally became too much.
     
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    • 28 min

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