Jake LaMotta, the champion boxer immortalized by Robert De Niro in the 1980 Martin Scorsese movie Raging Bull, has passed away at the age of 95.
LaMotta died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia on September 19, 2017 reports TMZ.
A family member reported that LaMotta’s condition had declined rapidly over the last few weeks. Doctors had inserted a feeding tube, which the elderly pugilist repeatedly pulled out. As his condition worsened over his last few days, doctors decided to stop using the tube.
“I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced,” his wife said.
LaMotta’s boxing record included 106 fights with 83 wins, 19 loses, and 4 draws. 30 of his victories were wins by knock-out. His pro-fighting career began in 1941 and he was rejected from service in the Armed Forces over a medical issue.
He is most well known for his rivalry against Sugar Ray Robinson though he only won 1 of their 6 fights.