The famous boxing champion, Jake LaMotta, portrayed by Robert De Niro in the movie, ‘Raging Bull’ has died.
TMZ Sports reports, Jake’s wife said he died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.
Another family member tells TMZ, Jake’s condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last few days and a decision was made to withdraw the tube.
Jake’s wife tells 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.”
LaMotta 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.
Take A Look At Jake’s Fights With Sugar Ray Robinson:
De Niro played LaMotta in the 1980 movie “Raging Bull,” based on Jake’s autobiography. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor that year.
He was 95.
Rage In Peace, Jake