Sports Can Be Hazardous to Your Health | Ben Rosen

Every year, in its last issue, Sports Illustrated says farewell to the famous athletes who have died during the year. As I was browsing through this year's "The Farewells" in the Dec. 26th issue, I was struck by the following realization: They're too young to die!

People are supposed to die when they're old, not when they're still in their prime. Yet in 2011 so many of these athletes seem to have been snuffed out prematurely. Or were they?

Was I unduly influenced by reading the obituaries of five famous athletes who died in their 40s, four in