MOUNT KISKO, NY
Bert Randolph Sugar, boxing journalist and historian, passed away Sunday from cardiac arrest at the age of 75.
Sporting his trademark fedora and usually chomping on a cigar, Sugar came to represent the colorful, aged voice of common sense in the topsy-turvy world of professional boxing, but spent much of his 40-plus years in the sport as a hard-hitting journalist and historian.
Jennifer Frawley, Sugar's daughter, said his wife, Suzanne, was by his side when he died at Northern Westchester Hospital. Sugar also had been battling lung cancer.
''Just his intelligence and his wit and his sense of humor,'' Frawley said when asked what she will remember about her father. ''He was always worried about people. He was always helping people.''
Legend. Just watched Sugar on an ESPN Top 10 Heavyweights DVD a couple months ago and loved his analysis / opinions on that. One of those analysts who it would have been a dream to sit next to in a bar and watch a fight; so many guys in that profession (Don Cherry, John Madden, Chris Berman) would be too much ... Sugar would have been a dream. Legend.