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LaMotta Son Dies in Swissair Crash

September 4, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ The son of former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta was among the 229 people killed in the Swissair crash off Nova Scotia. The tragedy comes just seven months after the death of the boxer’s only other son.

``My only two sons died in the same year,″ LaMotta said Thursday. ``What is God trying to tell me?″

Joe LaMotta, 49, president of LaMotta Foods Inc., was headed to Geneva on Wednesday night to promote the new LaMotta Tomatta Sauce. In February, his older brother, Jake LaMotta Jr., died from cancer at 51.

Jake LaMotta, portrayed by Robert DeNiro in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film, ``Raging Bull,″ also has four daughters. The 76-year-old former boxer held the middleweight title from 1949 to 1951.

Joe LaMotta inherited his father’s love for the sport, entering a number of Golden Gloves competitions.

``You know, he was a lot like me,″ the former champion said.

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