Legendary boxer Jake LaMotta who was portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Raging Bull’ has died aged 95
LaMotta passed away in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia on Tuesday aged 95.
His wife Denise told TMZ: ‘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.’
In a professional career that spanned 106 contests, winning the Middleweight title in the process, LaMotta was best known for his six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson, although he won just one contest he found himself in the hearts of many who loved his rough style of fighting, which give him the moniker of ‘Raging Bull’
Jake retired from boxing in 1949, writing his memoirs in 1970 which would later find its way onto the big screen.
Motta leaves behind four daughters and his seventh wife, Denise Baker. His two sons, Jake LaMotta, Jr. and younger son, Joseph, both died in 1998 of cancer and a plane crash respectively.