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Emile Griffith, boxer who unleashed a fatal barrage, dies at 75

Referee Ruby Goldstein rushed to pull Emile Griffith off Benny Paret in the 12th round of their fight.
Referee Ruby Goldstein rushed to pull Emile Griffith off Benny Paret in the 12th round of their fight.Credit: Associated Press/File 1962

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Emile Griffith, who won the welterweight and middleweight boxing titles and fought professionally for 20 years, but who was most remembered for a fatal barrage of punches in a championship bout at Madison Square Garden, died Tuesday in Hempstead, N.Y. He was 75.

The causes were kidney failure and complications of dementia, said Ron Ross, the author of “Nine . . . Ten . . . and Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith,” published in 2008.

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