Death of a Sports Star

Death of a Sports Star

By Crowd Network

These are the unforgettable, tragic stories of superstars we loved and lost - told as you’ve never heard them before. Death of a Sports Star is a Crowd Network original, presented by Elroy "Spoonface" Powell, Emma Clarke and Tom Price.


Introducing: Oceans: Life Under Water

What do you hear at the bottom of the ocean? How does it feel to swim with whales? Or make friends with an octopus? Come and find out. This is Life Under Water. Wildlife filmmaker and TV personality Hannah Stitfall wants to take you the world below the waves. She’ll be chatting to freedivers, marine biologists, submarine pilots and more, hearing mind-boggling stories about the oceans-deep and its inhabitants. We explore The Lost City. We hang out with your favourite animals. The hypnotic sound design and storytelling will drop you right there. Oceans: Life Under Water is brought to you by Crowd Network and Greenpeace UK, which is how these stories can be told so beautifully but also responsibly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/02/247m 13s

Shane Warne

Sometimes headlines don’t make sense."Shane Warne dead"? Those are three words that don’t belong together. No matter how many times you hear it, no matter how many different ways you’re told, it doesn’t make sense. Not Shane. Not dead. You read it once. You read it twice. A second stretches and seven stages of grief fill the gap. The fourth of March 2022 is like that... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/04/2226m 43s

Mike Webster

Mike Webster is one of the greatest American Football players who ever lived. But there’s another story. One that begins before his death, but hits the headlines after. One that changes American Football forever. It’s a story that could have died with Mike if it weren’t for two things: a young pathologist, and a hunch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/02/2135m 29s

Ben Hollioake

You’ve never seen a cricketer like Ben Hollioake. But this kid who’s set to shred record books, barely makes the small print. He only plays two tests. Twenty one-dayers. And there are numbers that matter more. Because Ben, still only 24, is dead on a slip road on the other side of the world. Miles per hour. Models of sports car. Whether there are millimetres of rain on the road or milligrams of alcohol in his blood. So many numbers, but none of them an answer... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/02/2133m 51s

Dale Earnhardt

NASCAR racing is never the same after Dale Earnhardt’s death. It sounds dramatic, but that’s what Dale means to people.  There’s never been a race car driver like him. He’s loved by most, for the same reason he’s hated by the rest. He races harder than anyone ever has. And his death changes NASCAR forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/02/2128m 18s

Anthony Foley

Sometimes, when a famous sports star dies, you get the sense all those people mourning definitely loved that person, but not that they truly knew them. Not with Anthony Foley. He is his home city. He belongs to everyone. And no-one’s ready to say goodbye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/01/2130m 22s

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna was more than just the greatest racing driver who ever lived. He made cars dance. One rival said he made cars move like raindrops on a pavement. So good, he made us all poets. But there wasn't anything poetic about Senna’s death. There usually isn’t in motor racing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/01/2134m 22s

Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards was the complete footballer. A comic-book hero leaping into the sports pages. He could’ve changed it all. Could've been the greatest footballer of all time. But we never got to find out. It was all lost in a mess of snow and fire and broken steel on a frozen German runway.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/01/2132m 41s

Diego Maradona

When you think about how Diego Maradona lived, and died - when you think about how he’s remembered, why there’s so much love and hate - it all comes down to the story of few short years in the city of Naples. How he came back, the miracles he pulled off, the price he paid. He gets higher than anyone else, and he falls faster. That’s Diego. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/12/2026m 10s

Hansie Cronje

Hansie Cronje was South Africa’s captain, endorsed by Nelson Mandela. But he was also a scam artist, mixing with criminals. His story has lies, greed, bribery, threats, corruption and ultimately a plane crash that ended his life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/12/2033m 16s

Sarah Burke

"Sarah's the reason we're all here. Without Sarah, none of us would be Olympians" - that's what Sarah Burke did for her sport, even after her death. She was a trailblazer, a daredevil and a star of the X Games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/12/2031m 39s

Robert Enke

WARNING: this episode contains references to suicide. Robert Enke needs to talk. But it's harder than it looks. Especially with all that baggage from the past and worries about the future. He's the kid from East Germany who made it to the Bundesliga. But he's also the man who's tormented by inner-demons - even if you can't quite see it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/11/2034m 31s

Andrés Escobar

We all know that old line about football and life and death. But in Colombia in the 1990s - run by drug cartels - nothing makes sense. And when a footballer for the national side makes a critical mistake, the repercussions will echo around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/11/2037m 32s

Vitas Gerulaitis

Vitas Gerulaitis is the New York native turned global celebrity. The immigrant outsider shaking up an establishment sport. Living as large as the Times Square billboards. But when the money is spent, and the momentum slows, what’s left? And when you live as fast as Vitas, can you hold fast to anything? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/11/2032m 40s

Chris Benoit

WARNING: this episode contains references to murder and suicide. In professional wrestling, you don’t know where fantasy ends and reality starts. But Chris Benoit was a method actor. He liked realness. And after years of drugs and injuries, that had deadly consequences. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues spoken about in this podcast, please go to to find a list of people you can go to for help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/11/2030m 41s

Pat Tillman

If you were asked to design a super-hero to save America, he’d probably look like Pat. But what Pat looks like and who he really is are two very different things. He reads poetry and the Qur'an and the Communist Manifesto. He fights tooth and nail to make it in the NFL, so how did he end up giving it all up to join the army and risk getting killed? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/11/2033m 24s

Jock Stein

He did things no other football manager had ever done. He came from hardship and took a struggling club to the top of the world. Football saved him, gave him a purpose. All until one dark autumn night when two countries met with so much at stake and the pressure finally became too much. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/10/2030m 35s

Jonah Lomu

There’s never been a player like Jonah Lomu - what he could do, the impact he had on the world. What few realised is what he’d come through to get there - and what he was going through even as he appeared to be unstoppable. See for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/10/2030m 43s

Sonny Liston

In the whole history of boxing, there cannot be a story murkier than Sonny Liston’s. And there’s no sport murkier than boxing. Even when Sonny was heavyweight champion of the world – one of the most famous men on the planet – the public didn’t really know him. He was unloved and unwanted.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/10/2032m 46s

Phillip Hughes

He was the smiley, lovable kid from the country whose cricketing talents took him all the way into the Australia team. But a tragic sporting accident on a seemingly ordinary day meant he would never fulfil that rich potential - and left a sport-obsessed nation devastated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/10/2033m 3s


She was the skinny kid from the poor part of LA who grew up to be the fastest woman in history, smashing world records with a look and style that made her unforgettable. But there were many who struggled to believe in her remarkable transformation - and more than two decades after her shock death, the unsettling questions and mysteries around Flo-Jo refuse to disappear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/09/2032m 42s

Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani was a bike rider who seemed to have reached the summit of his sport. Fans loved his panache, his style, his vulnerability. But with Pantani it was always about the descent rather than the climb - and he would fall further than anyone dared fear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/09/2037m 52s

Payne Stewart

When you saw it, you couldn’t forget: a jet plane, flying by itself through an empty sky, a sporting superstar on board and no way of reaching him. This is the story of Payne Stewart, a golfer who was brash and brilliant and different and shook up his sport and the world around it: how he lived, and how he died.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/09/2030m 32s

Justin Fashanu

WARNING: this episode includes reference to suicide. The first million-pound black footballer, a pioneer, an unstoppable goalscorer. But Justin Fashanu was more than that too: an adopted kid, a gay man in straight world, a lost soul looking for answers. It’s a story that touches you, troubles you. Did it have to end this way?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/09/2034m 56s

Kobe Bryant

Where were you, when you heard? In the opening episode of the series, we tell the story of the final act of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant – how it unfolded, what it meant, how we all felt about it. It’s Kobe, but as you’ve never heard him before.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/09/2033m 37s

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18/08/203m 31s
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