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Mitch Halpern

Age: 33

renowned boxing referee who officiated some of boxing's biggest matches; began his career in March 1991 and went on to referee 87 championship fights and hundreds of non-title fights around the world; was in the ring when Evander Holyfield knocked out Mike Tyson for the WBA heavyweight title in 1996; was to have refereed the infamous "Bite Fight" rematch but Tyson's camp vehemently opposed and he was replaced by Mills Lane. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Died: Las Vegas, Aug. 20

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