Ken Norton dead: Former heavyweight champion was 70

ken-norton-dead-gi.jpg Ken Norton, the former heavyweight champ who was the second man to ever beat Muhammad Ali, passed away from congestive heart failure in an Arizona hospital on Wednesday (Sept. 18) at the age of 70.

Norton, who defeated Ali in 1973 after breaking his jaw, had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year, his friend and manager Patrick Tenore tells the LA Times. Norton's son, Ken Norton Jr., a former NFL player who now coaches for the Seattle Seahawks, confirmed his father's passing with the AP.

After defeating Ali, the two heavyweights faced off at the Inglewood Forum in a rematch that same year. Norton lost. Ali defeated Norton once again in a decision match at Yankee Stadium in 1976.

Norton finished his boxing career with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts. He went on to an acting career.

Our thoughts remain with his family and friends.
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