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Good morning readers.

Last week it was Steve McNair who was shot to death by his lover. This week, Arturo Gatti, a retired boxer and former junior welterweight champion, was found dead at a Brazilian seaside resort. His Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, 23, is accused in the killing.

The 37-year-old retired Canadian was known for his brutal bouts in the ring, which made him a draw over the past decade. When he stepped out of the ring for good in 2007 he had a career record of 40 to 9 and 31 knockouts.

U.S. Paralympic swim coach, Jimi Flowers, died Saturday near Aspen, Colo., in a climbing accident. The 47-year-old coach was USA Swimming's national team director from 1989 to 1993. He also worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Atlanta writer, Paul Hemphill, died on Saturday. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution as well as the Post have obituaries today on the notable author who wrote Hank Williams' biography, a novel on minor league baseball that was turned into an HBO movie, and an account of the turbulent 1960s.

In case you missed this obituary in yesterday's paper, Harold W. Snider, an advocate who fought for the rights of the blind, died. He was 61. His career path was determined at a young age when as a third-grader he was forced out of regular classes because he was blind. Among his achievements, he helped draft the American With Disabilities Act of 1990 and helped make the National Air and Space Museum a vivid experience for the visually impaired.

That's all for this morning. See you tomorrow.

By Lauren Wiseman |  July 13, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  | Category:  The Daily Goodbye
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