Former Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson Dies
Patterson Battled Alzheimer's Disease for Eight Years

May 15, 2006

Former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson died at the age of 71 on May 11, 2006. Patterson had prostate cancer and had fought Alzheimer's disease for eight years.

In 1952, Patterson won an Olympic gold medal as a middleweight. He went on to a successful professional boxing career and became the youngest heavyweight champion when he beat Archie Moore in 1956. Patterson retired in 1972 after he lost to Muhammad Ali.

References and more information about Alzheimer's disease, see:

  1. Alzheimer's disease - from Neuroscience for Kids

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