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Sir Peter Blake

Age: 53

two-time America's Cup winner, who was shot dead by pirates in the Amazon; led Team New Zealand to the Cup in 1995 and 2000; won prestigious Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 (now sponsored by Volvo) and was the only man to compete in the event's first five races; named New Zealand's sportsman of the year twice and yachtsman of the year four times; knighted in 1995; a national hero in his home country, 30,000 people gathered for his memorial service in Auckland. He died as a result of his gun shot wounds.

Died: Macapa, Brazil, Dec. 6

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