Jake LaMotta Dead, Real-Life 'Raging Bull' Boxer 'Fought Til the End'
Wed, 20 Sep 2017
TMZ SPORTS -- Boxing legend Jake LaMotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 96.
Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.
La Motta was 83-19 in 106 pro fights -- a career that began in 1941, after he was rejected from serving in the military due to a medical issue.
He went on to win the world middleweight championship -- but he's most well known for his 6-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson ... though he only won 1 of the 6 fights.
LaMotta was famously portrayed by De Niro in the 1980 movie "Raging Bull," based on Jake's autobiography. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor that year.
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