Celebrity Reactions: Jake LaMotta Dead

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Celebrity Reactions Jake LaMotta Dead

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Celebrity Reactions Jake LaMotta Dead

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Celebrities are reacting on Twitter to the death of Jake LaMotta, the legendary boxer who inspired the classic film Raging Bull. He was 95. See Hollywood stars’ tweets and tributes below.

LaMotta died Tuesday in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his wife Denise Baker revealed Wednesday. Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of the boxer in the 1980 Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull, which was based on LaMotta’s 1970 autobiography of the same name. The former middleweight world champion, who was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, began his boxing career in 1941. He became known as the “Bronx Bull” for his aggressive fighting style.

LaMotta’s career record was 83 wins, 19 losses and four draws, including 30 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame hall in 1990. The boxer was well known for his longtime rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson, but only managed to defeat the fellow fighter in one of six bouts. After retiring from boxing in the late 1950’s, LaMatta opened nightclubs and embarked on a career in acting and stand-up comedy.

Robert De Niro is among the celebrities reacting to the boxer’s death. The actor said in a statement to Gossip Cop, “Rest in peace, champ.” Additionally, Piers Morgan tweeted, “RIP Jake LaMotta. ‘The Raging Bull.'” Michael Rapaport said, “Damn! The Raging Bull has passed. Jake LaMotta is gone at 95 yrs old. The Bronx Bull!!!” And boxer Roy Jones Jr. offered, “RIP Jake LaMotta. You will be missed by a great number of fans and loved ones. God bless the family.”

Jim Norton posted a photo of himself alongside LaMotta and Mike Tyson, adding, “One my favorite moments of all time. With @MikeTyson and the great Jake LaMotta. RIP Jake.” Sports radio host Chris Mannix wrote, “R.I.P., Jake LaMotta. What a life. What a career. His six fights w/Sugar Ray Robinson – six! – stands as one of boxing’s greatest rivalries.” Mario Lopez expressed, “Rest In Peace to former Middleweight Champ Jake Lamotta. 95yrs is a helluva run. They never knocked you down Jake!” And Richard Lewis stated, “RIP Champ.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to LaMotta’s death and pay tribute to the late boxer.

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