Born on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on July 10, 1922, LaMotta was one of five children; his father was a Sicilian immigrant and his mother was raised by Italian immigrants. LaMotta would later move to Philadelphia and then to the Bronx, where he built a reputation as a tough-as-nails street fighter. He started to lay the foundations for his successful boxing career in the 1940s, and began to build a respected name for himself following a 1943 win against Sugar Ray Robinson. Even though some controversies plagued his athletic career, LaMotta established himself as a talented middleweight champion throughout the 40’s and 50’s; he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Jake LaMotta passed away at a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Aventura, Florida on Tuesday, September 19, having succumbed to pneumonia. The news was initially shared by Denise Baker, his “longtime fiancee.”
- The New York Times
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