Our sports heroes loom large in our society and in our imaginations as larger-than-life icons of greatness, bigger, faster and stronger than us mere mortals. Not only do they do things we can only dream of, but they live lives that none of us can imagine in the spotlight, bathed in the adoration, adulation and awe of the sports world.
Perhaps that's why it is that when one of these super beings is felled by tragedy, the magnitude of the loss is felt so widely. For surely, or so it would seem, the privilege of walking the earth as a superhero must come with immortality. If only.
Let us take a look at 50 athletes we lost way too soon.