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Rick Martin Dies

In Breaking News, Celebrity News, Sports on March 14, 2011 at 2:14 am

Buffalo Sabre legend dies in a crash


 

Rick Martin, a member of the Buffalo Sabres’ fabled “French Connection” line in the 1970s, has died at the age of 59, the National Hockey League team has said.

The Sabres announced Martin’s death in a statement before Sunday’s game against Ottawa.

New York state police said Martin died after a one-car crash in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence.

NYSP Captain Steven Nigrelli said the car Martin was driving crossed the center line of the road and struck a utility pole before coming to rest against a tree.

Nigrelli said witnesses saw Martin with his head slumped and eyes closed at the wheel and it appeared that he had “an undetermined medical emergency” prior to the accident.

An autopsy is to be conducted to determine the cause of death, police said.

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