Boxing writer and historian Bert Randolph Sugar died on Sunday afternoon in Chappaqua, N.Y., after a long battle with lung cancer.
Sugar, who was known as much for his trademark fedora hats and massive cigars as he was his incredible knowledge of the noble, was 74 years old.
He was surrounded by family at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco.
Sugar wrote more than 80 books, and was ringside at some of the greatest fights in boxing history, including the Ali-Frazier trilogy. He wrote about those fights in a special Muhammad Ali edition for USA Today two years ago. However, he was best known as the editor and publisher of Boxing Illustrated and Ring magazine.
Sugar graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a JD and MBA from the University of Michigan in 1961. After passing the bar exam, he worked in the advertising business in New York City for a decade, and was one of the Mad Men of the ’60s.
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