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Former boxing great Emile Griffith dies at 75

This undated image provided by NBC Universal shows former welterweight boxing champion Emile Griffith striking a pose to promote the documentary film “Ring of Fire:The Emile Griffith Story.” (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Robert Maxwell, File) Emile Griffith, the elegant world champion whose career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Bennie Paret in a 1962 title bout that darkened all of boxing, died Tuesday. He was 75. He died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y, the International Boxing Hall of Fame said. Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and required full-time care late in life. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become world champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.