Jake LaMotta, immortalized in 'Raging Bull,' dead at 95

Boxing legend Jake La Motta who was played Robert De Niro in the movie Raging Bull has died

Boxing legend Jake La Motta who was played Robert De Niro in the movie Raging Bull has died

Boxing champion Jake LaMotta, widely known for actor Robert De Niro's portrayal of him in the film "Raging Bull" and his legendary rivalry with fellow icon Sugar Ray Robinson, died Tuesday. His daughter Christi LaMotta announced the death on her personal Facebook (NASDAQ:) page on Wednesday, as did other relatives, but did not disclose the cause of death.

Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.

LaMotta was born in the Bronx in the early '20s to Italian immigrant parents.

LaMotta was 83-19 in 106 pro fights - a career that began in 1941, after he was rejected from serving in the military due to a medical issue. He won the world middleweight championship, and in 1990 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Over the course of his career as a boxer, LaMotta earned the nickname "The Raging Bull" for his rough and aggressive fighting style.

Most famously, he fought champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson six times, losing five of the bouts but never getting knocked down, prompting Robinson to call LaMotta the toughest man he ever fought. His credits include played a bartender in the 1961 film "The Hustler", starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.

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