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Three-time heavyweight champ, ex-Olympic wrestler dies at 51

Updated: June 18, 2008, 6:34 PM ET
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jimmy Jackson, a former Olympic wrestler and three-time NCAA heavyweight champion at Oklahoma State, has died. He was 51.

Jackson had been suffering from diabetes and congestive heart failure before his death Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich., according to a statement released Wednesday by Oklahoma State. Cowboys coach John Smith said "we lost our great heavyweight, Jimmy Jackson."

Jackson won consecutive NCAA titles from 1976 to 1978 and competed in the 1976 Montreal ...

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