Prominent sports deaths in 2011

Seve Ballesteros, 54, dazzling five-time major golf champion from Spain

Lorenzo Charles, 47, dunk at buzzer gave North Carolina State 1983 NCAA title

Gil Clancy, 88, boxing trainer who guided Emile Griffith to world titles

Henry Cooper, 76, knighted English boxer who knocked down Muhammad Ali

Al Davis, 82, renegade owner of Oakland Raiders with a half-century in pro football

Joe Frazier, 67, bruising heavyweight champion who beat Muhammad Ali

Dave Gavitt, 73, basketball coach who helped found Big East Conference

John Henry Johnson, 81, running back in San Francisco 49ers' “Million Dollar Backfield”

Harmon Killebrew, 74, slugger who hit 573 homers as face of Minnesota Twins

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, top Russian hockey club wiped out in plane crash in central Russia

John Mackey, 69, pioneered role of tight end before becoming players' union president

Ollie Matson, 80, NFL running back and Olympic champion who was traded for nine players

Joe Perry, 84, speedy fullback with 49ers nicknamed “The Jet”

Bubba Smith, 66, a 6-foot-7 defensive end and fierce pass rusher who became an actor

Duke Snider, 84, “Boys of Summer” center fielder who led Brooklyn to 1955 title

Socrates, 57, elegant playmaker and captain of Brazil's 1982 World Cup team

Chuck Tanner, 82, managed “We Are Family” Pirates to 1979 World Series crown

Grete Waitz, 57, Norwegian running queen who captured NYC Marathon nine times

Dan Wheldon, 33, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner killed in crash in Las Vegas

Dick Williams, 82, managed Charlie Finley's Oakland A's to World Series titles in 1972, '73

Source: Associated Press