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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.

    Mike Webster

    Mike Webster

    Mike Webster is one of the greatest American Football players who ever lived. But there’s another story. One that begins before his death, but hits the headlines after. One that changes American Football forever. It’s a story that could have died with Mike if it weren’t for two things: a young pathologist, and a hunch.
     
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    • 32 min
    Ben Hollioake

    Ben Hollioake

    You’ve never seen a cricketer like Ben Hollioake. But this kid who’s set to shred record books, barely makes the small print. He only plays two tests. Twenty one-dayers.


    And there are numbers that matter more. Because Ben, still only 24, is dead on a slip road on the other side of the world. Miles per hour. Models of sports car. Whether there are millimetres of rain on the road or milligrams of alcohol in his blood. So many numbers, but none of them an answer...
     
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    • 31 min
    Dale Earnhardt

    Dale Earnhardt

    NASCAR racing is never the same after Dale Earnhardt’s death. It sounds dramatic, but that’s what Dale means to people. 


    There’s never been a race car driver like him. He’s loved by most, for the same reason he’s hated by the rest. He races harder than anyone ever has. And his death changes NASCAR forever.
     
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    • 26 min
    Anthony Foley

    Anthony Foley

    Sometimes, when a famous sports star dies, you get the sense all those people mourning definitely loved that person, but not that they truly knew them. Not with Anthony Foley. He is his home city. He belongs to everyone. And no-one’s ready to say goodbye.
     
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    • 28 min
    Ayrton Senna

    Ayrton Senna

    Ayrton Senna was more than just the greatest racing driver who ever lived. He made cars dance. One rival said he made cars move like raindrops on a pavement. So good, he made us all poets. But there wasn't anything poetic about Senna’s death. There usually isn’t in motor racing. 
     
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    • 31 min
    Duncan Edwards

    Duncan Edwards

    Duncan Edwards was the complete footballer. A comic-book hero leaping into the sports pages. He could’ve changed it all. Could've been the greatest footballer of all time. But we never got to find out. It was all lost in a mess of snow and fire and broken steel on a frozen German runway. 
     
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    • 30 min

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