MIAMI (AP) -- Jake Lamotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film ''Raging Bull,'' for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday.
LaMotta's first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.
In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.
The 1980 film ''Raging Bull,'' based on LaMotta's memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, DeNiro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.
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