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Olympic Legend Rafer Johnson Passes Away At 86

Olympic Legend Rafer Johnson Passes Away At 86

Rafer Johnson, a embellished Olympian and American hero, has reportedly handed away at age 86.

In line with TMZ, Johnson handed away at his residence in Sherman Oaks, California on Wednesday (December 2). He was surrounded by his household.

Johnson was a really achieved athlete, actor, philanthropist and even hero. In 1968, he was one of many males who tackled and subdued Sirhan Sirhan seconds after he assassinated Robert Kennedy on the Ambassador Lodge in Los Angeles.

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As an athlete, he received a gold medal within the decathlon on the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He received the silver in the identical occasion 4 years earlier on the 1956 Olympic Video games.

Johnson was such a gifted athlete that the L.A. Rams chosen him within the 1959 NFL Draft regardless of by no means enjoying a snap of faculty soccer.

After his storied profession as an athlete, Johnson grew to become an actor, showing in films together with Wild within the Nation with Elvis Presley, Pirates of Tortuga and the 1989 James Bond movie, A License to Kill.

Johnson married his spouse Betsy in 1971 and so they had two youngsters collectively, daughter Jennifer Ann Johnson and son Joshua Ray Johnson.