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NASCAR Champ Benny Parsons Dies of Cancer

Benny Parsons , a former taxi driver turned NASCAR champion, died Tuesday from complications stemming from his short battle with lung cancer, his son Keith said. He was 65.Parsons, the 1973 NASCAR champion, died in Charlotte, N.C., where he had been hospitalized since Dec. 26.A member of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers, Parsons retired from racing in 1988 and moved into the broadcasting booth. He spent the past six years as a commentator on NBC and TNT, and continued to call races from the booth during his treatment."Benny was a beloved and widely respected member of the NASCAR community, and of the NBC Sports family," said Dick Ebersol , chairman of NBC Sports."He was a great driver and a terrific broadcaster, but above anything else he was a kind and generous human being. His character and spirit will define how he is remembered by all of us. Benny will be sorely missed."Parsons was diagnosed with cancer in his left lung in July after complaining of difficulty breathing. A former smoker...

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