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Jake LaMotta is an American former world middleweight champion boxer. He was famously portrayed by Robert De Niro in the film Raging Bull.
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In 1998, LaMotta experienced a series of personal tragedies. He lost his two sons from his second marriage, Jack and Joseph. Jack died of cancer, and Joseph died in an airplane crash. Over the years, LaMotta has kept himself busy with personal appearances, autograph shows, and even marketed a line of pasta sauces for a time.
Today, LaMotta lives in New York City. Married six times, he is reportedly engaged to Denise Baker, according to an article in London’s The Times newspaper.
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