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Dan Snierson
March 26, 2012 AT 11:00 AM EDT

Legendary boxing writer Bert Sugar died Sunday from cardiac arrest in a Mount Kisco, N.Y. hospital, according to multiple reports. He was 74 and battling lung cancer. Sugar, who authored more than 80 books and served as editor of Boxing Illustrated and The Ring, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. Armed with his fedora hat and cigar, he also appeared in such films as Play It To The Bone, The Great White Hype, and Rocky Balboa.

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