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 May 23, 2023

Wrestler Peggy Lee and Boston Marathon icon Rick Hoyt die on same day

America lost two iconic American athletes recently, both perishing the same day.

Peggy Lee Leather, known in the wrestling ring in the 1980s and 1990s as Peggy Lee and Peggy Lee Leather, died at 64.

Tributes to Peggy Lee poured in across social media from the sports world and from her longtime fans and admirers.

"It's with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of the legendary Peggy Lee Leather at the age of 64. Our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans the world over. Thank you so much for the everlasting memories left behind during your journey in life. R.I.P." CauliflowerAlleyClub tweeted.

The popular wrestler was in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1980-1985.

Equally saddening was the news this week of the passing of a Boston Marathon staple, the famous Rick Hoyt.

According to CBS News, Hoyt, who was seen for decades being pushed across the finish line in his wheelchair by his father, the late Dick Hoyt, passed away at 61 due to respiratory complications.

"It is with profound sadness that the Hoyt Family announces the passing of our beloved brother and uncle, Rick Hoyt this morning. Rick was 61-years-old. Rick passed away due to complications with his respiratory system," Hoyt's family said in a statement.

They added: "As so many knew, Rick along with our father, Dick, were icons in the road race and triathlon worlds for over 40 years and inspired millions of people with disabilities to believe in themselves, set goals and accomplish extraordinary things. Rick was also a pioneer in education."

"His mother Judy Hoyt changed the laws allowing her son to be educated alongside his non-disabled peers. His family is heartbroken and requests time to grieve and will share details as they become available."

The Hoyts completed over 1,000 races together, becoming legends in the marathon world.

"I tell you; I think Steve what he is doing now, is he finally got out of that wheelchair and he's pushing dad in the race now," his brother, Russ Hoyt, said.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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