Crook won gold at 165-pound level in 1960

7/28/2005 - Boxing

Former Olympic boxing gold medal winner Eddie Crook Jr. died Monday.

Crook died of natural causes at the veteran's hospital in Montgomery, Ala. He was 76.

Crook, a teammate of Muhammad Ali -- then known as Cassius Clay -- on the 1960 Olympic squad, served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army.

He was a command sergeant major in the Army who won a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

Crook will be buried at the Main Post Cemetery at Fort Benning, where he trained boxers and soldiers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.