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Ex-champ Emile Griffith dies at 75

Updated: July 24, 2013, 2:21 PM ET
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Emile Griffith, the former world champion whose career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Benny Paret in a 1962 title bout, died Tuesday. Griffith was 75.

He died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y, the International Boxing Hall of Fame said.

Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and required full-time care late in life. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become world champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

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