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Boxer’s Son Dies in Swissair Crash

September 4, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta lost his second son this year, among the 229 people who died Wednesday night in the Swissair crash off Nova Scotia, the New York Post reported today.

Joe LaMotta, 49, president of LaMotta Foods Inc., was headed to Geneva to promote the family business’ new line of LaMotta Tomatta Sauce. His brother, Jake Jr., died at age 51 in February of cancer.

``My only two sons died in the same year,″ Jake LaMotta told the Post. ``What is God trying to tell me?″

LaMotta, who was portrayed by Robert DeNiro in Martin Scorcese’s 1980 film, ``Raging Bull,″ has four daughters with his ex-wife, Vicki. The 76-year-old former boxer held the middleweight title from 1949 to 1951.

Joe LaMotta inherited his father’s love for the sport, entering a number of Golden Gloves competitions.

``He was like me, rugged and tough,″ the former champion said.

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