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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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    • 4.0 • 83 Ratings

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

    Jonah Lomu

    Jonah Lomu

    There’s never been a player like Jonah Lomu - what he could do, the impact he had on the world. What few realised is what he’d come through to get there - and what he was going through even as he appeared to be unstoppable.
     
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    • 28 min
    Sonny Liston

    Sonny Liston

    In the whole history of boxing, there cannot be a story murkier than Sonny Liston’s. And there’s no sport murkier than boxing. Even when Sonny was heavyweight champion of the world – one of the most famous men on the planet – the public didn’t really know him. He was unloved and unwanted.  
     
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    • 30 min
    Phillip Hughes

    Phillip Hughes

    He was the smiley, lovable kid from the country whose cricketing talents took him all the way into the Australia team. But a tragic sporting accident on a seemingly ordinary day meant he would never fulfil that rich potential - and left a sport-obsessed nation devastated.
     
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    • 30 min
    Flo-Jo

    Flo-Jo

    She was the skinny kid from the poor part of LA who grew up to be the fastest woman in history, smashing world records with a look and style that made her unforgettable. But there were many who struggled to believe in her remarkable transformation - and more than two decades after her shock death, the unsettling questions and mysteries around Flo-Jo refuse to disappear.
     
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    • 30 min
    Marco Pantani

    Marco Pantani

    Marco Pantani was a bike rider who seemed to have reached the summit of his sport. Fans loved his panache, his style, his vulnerability. But with Pantani it was always about the descent rather than the climb - and he would fall further than anyone dared fear.
     
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    • 35 min
    Payne Stewart

    Payne Stewart

    When you saw it, you couldn’t forget: a jet plane, flying by itself through an empty sky, a sporting superstar on board and no way of reaching him. This is the story of Payne Stewart, a golfer who was brash and brilliant and different and shook up his sport and the world around it: how he lived, and how he died. 
     
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

Strawdog1987 ,

Entertaining but emotional

This is a fascinating story very well told. Pantani’s story is well known in cycling circles but this podcast really showed the demons he was battling off the bike that led to his tragic demise

Nathan Cracknell ,

Brilliant

So well written and moving. Different to everything else that's out there.

Malcom Allison ,

Unique & brilliant

wow - i kind of remember when it happened. But the way this story is written and presented is incredible. Not heard anything like this before . going to listen to the rest of them .

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