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Jake LaMotta Dies; Boxer, Raging Bull Inspiration Was 95

Jake LaMotta, the boxer who provided the inspiration for the classic Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull, has passed away at the age of 95.

Sources close to LaMotta say that he died peacefully at his home in Arizona, surrounded by loved ones.

Inside the ring, the 1949-51 middleweight champion was known for his tenacity and his ability to endure punishment that would send weaker fighters to the mat.

LaMotta’s six bouts with Sugar Ray Robinson are the stuff of boxing legend, and though LaMotta was victorious in just one of the contests, Robinson frequently stated that he was in awe of his opponent’s ability.

“I never fought a fighter as strong as he is,” Robinson said in one post-fight interview.

Sadly, these days, LaMotta is as well known for his personal struggles as for the successes he enjoyed inside the ring.

Marred by a violent temper, mutliple stints in prison, and allegations of fight fixing, LaMotta’s life was never easy, but his many challenges attracted the attention of one of Hollywood’s most legendary filmmakers.

Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull is a warts-and-all portrayal of LaMotta that’s widely regarded as one of the most important cinematic works of the past fifty years.

“When I saw the film, I was upset,” LaMotta said after watching the movie for the fist time.

“I kind of look bad in it. Then I realized it was true. That’s the way it was. I was a no-good bastard. I realize it now. It’s not the way I am now, but the way I was then.”

Despite his relative obscurity as a fighter, one would be hard-pressed to name another athlete who so effectively captured the imagination of the enterntainment world.

In addition to Raging Bull, LaMotta was the subject of a documentary, a stage production about his relationship with his seventh wife, and a controversial pseudo-sequel to the Scorsese film entitled The Bronx Bull.

LaMotta even got dabbled in acting, starring in a one-man show based on his car and making cameos in the classic film The Hustler and the popular TV series Car 54 Where Are You?

LaMotta was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 2002, The Ring magazine ranked him as one of the 80 best fighters of the last 80 years.

“He was a great man, sensitive and had eyes that danced right up to the end. I love him, God rest his soul,” his wife said in an interview today.

Paraphrasing an oft-quoted line from Raging Bull, she added, “And he never went down!”

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Kim Zolciak: SLAMMED For Giving Pit Bull Puppy to Son as Gift!

Back in April, Kim Zolciak’s 4-year-old son Kash was severely injured after being attacked by a dog.

Zolciak updated fans on Kash’s recovery via social media, but she kept certain details to herself, and as a result, the severity of the attack remains something of a mystery.

Based on what we know, it sounds as though Kash’s injuries bordered on life-threatening.

Zolciak described her son as “traumatized” and revealed that he nearly “lost a very important organ,” though she never specified which one.

Kim is under no obligation to divulge the details of her son’s condition, but from what she chose to share, we can surmise that the incident left Kash with both physical and psychological scars that could last a lifetime.

It’s for that reason that many fans are shocked by Kim’s choice of present for her son’s fifth birthday.

According to a Snapchat from Kim posted yesterday, she and husband Kroy Biermann surprised Kash with a pit bull puppy.

She shared a photo of the boy and his dog with fans, most of whom have been supportive of her decision.

She captioned the photo:

“My heart is going to explode.”

The choice of present resulted in some negative comments online for obvious reasons.

Some bashed Kim as insensitive for putting the child in a position where showing fear would mean rejecting a birthday present from his parents.

Others defended the reality star, pointing out that she’s posted photos of Kash playing with dogs n more than one occasion since his attack.

Knowing next to nothing about Kash’s psychological state in the months following the attack, it’s impossible for us to say if the gift of a puppy was a bad idea or just what the doctor ordered.

Whatever the case, it seems Kim’s youngest is recovering nicely.

Kash started kindergarten earlier this week, and it seems the occasion took a serious emotional toll on Kim.

“My nugget Kash is a bit more sensitive and shy. There is something about boys that just gets me,” Zolciak captioned an Instagram pic on Monday.

“THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments through all my tears last night I didn’t feel as crazy knowing so many of you are going through the same. Love all of you have a fantastic day and I’ll let you know if I hop in my car and go pick him up.”

No matter what she does, fans will likely continue to question Kim’s parenting methods, but there’s no questioning her love for her kids.

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Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’ Creator Hints Lawsuit Coming Over ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue (PHOTOS)

The guy who created Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” says the neighboring “Fearless Girl” statue is screwing with his art, and he’s demanding NYC pay him for his trouble. Sculptor Arturo Di Modica is really pissed about the location of “Fearless…

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