Former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras has been given days to live after suffering kidney failure within the past two weeks, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing a friend of the Karras family.
Jack Kevorkian , the defiant physician known as Dr. Death who was hailed as a compassionate visionary for igniting a national debate on assisted suicide and reviled as a ghoulish publicity hound, has died. He was 83.
Emanuel Steward, who trained Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and other boxing champions as he built Detroit’s Kronk Gym into one of the most influential centers in the sport, has died at the age of 68.
Alex Karras, who followed one successful career in professional football with another in movies and television, play-punching a horse in one of the signature madcap scenes of “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 77.
Detroit had its debt reduced deeper into junk status by Fitch Ratings, which cited the city’s potential default on a bond payment June 15 because of a legal dispute with the state over a financial rescue plan.