Beloved Hall of Fame Athlete Pronounced Dead; Leaves Behind 3 Children

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November 13, 2018

It comes with great sadness to report such heartbreaking news. A former professional athlete has passed away.

At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this tragic time. Many fans have expressed their condolences to the family over multiple social media platforms, while other fellow athletes have paid tribute.

Nascar's Silver Fox, David Pearson, who won three top-series championships and some believe to have been the most brilliant driver in history, has died, according to reports.

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Pearson passed away on Monday, November 12. He was 83 years old. There were no additional details available, but in 2014, his family announced that he had a stroke.

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After his retirement, Pearson lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he enjoyed collecting cars.

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Pearson made his Nascar debut in 1960 and had over 27 racing seasons where he won 105 times, which is second to his longtime rival, Richard Petty. Pearson was inducted into the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2011.

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Pearson was nicknamed "The Fox" for his premeditated attack on the race track. As he aged, so did his nickname. He was known as "The Silver Fox."

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Pearson is survived by his three sons, Larry, Ricky, and Eddie. His wife, Helen Ray, died in 1991.