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Freddie Mills
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Boxer
    (June 26, 1919-July 25, 1965)
    Born in Parkstone, England, United Kingdom
    Record of 76 wins (49 by KO), 18 losses, 7 draws
    World light-heavyweight champion (1948-50)
    Appeared in the films 'One Jump Ahead' (1955), 'Fun at St. Fanny's' (1956), 'Kill Me Tomorrow' (1957), 'Carry On Constable' (1960), 'Carry On Regardless' (1961), 'Saturday Night Out' (1964), 'The Comedy Man' (1964) and 'Joey Boy' (1965)
    Presenter for the BBC music program 'Six-Five Special'
    Died in his car from a gunshot to the head
    Death ruled a suicide
    He had an unsophisticated, brawling style of boxing.
    He suffered frequent headaches from too many blows to the head.
    After retiring from the ring, he opened a club where he hung out a lot with the notorious Kray twins.
    After his death, a rumor started that he was the serial killer 'Jack the Stripper' and had committed suicide to avoid capture by the police.
    He was nicknamed 'Fearless Freddie' for his willingness to take on much larger opponents.
    He could absorb tremendous punishment in the ring.
    He was one of Britain's most popular sports figures of the 1940s.
    He volunteered with the Samaritans, counseling people who felt suicidal.
    His wife claimed he was murdered as an example by gangsters running an extortion racket among London club owners.

Credit: C. Fishel


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