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Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko dies

Updated: July 14, 2011, 2:32 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko, who raised his sons, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, to become heavyweight champions, died Wednesday after a long illness in Kiev, Ukraine. He was 64.

The former colonel in the Soviet Union's air force died from lymph node cancer, according to the brothers' management team.

Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko was stationed near Chernobyl during the 1986 nuclear disaster and participated in the immediate cleanup of the reactor's meltdown. His illness was ...

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