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Shooting Legend Tom Knapp Dead at Age 62

May 1, 2013
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

For more than a year we graced the radio waves with our weekly outdoor show (Ohio Valley Outdoors) and of all the shows we did I still say the one we did with legendary exhibition shooter Tom Knapp was the best.

That show, on February 25, 2012 on Youngtown's ESPN 1240 AM (now Sports Radio 1240 WBBW), featured Knapp via telephone from his home in Elk River, Minnesota. Knapp offered great insight into his career, shooting with Benelli and CZ USA, his shooting records, his youth, family and his health. It was a great show, led by my co-hosts John Csizmadia and Bill Waugaman. It was Waugaman who had met Knapp a few years earlier and invited him to our show.

Knapp told our listeners of his health problems and how he had to cut back on his show schedule with Benelli. He improved in 2012 but recently took a turn for the worse and died April 26, 2013 due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

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Legendary shooter Tom Knapp has died at the age of 62.

The shooting industry was rocked by the news that Knapp had passed away at the age of 62.

Many people across the country, and the world, had witnessed Knapp's amazing shooting abilities. He was known as one of the world's greatest exhibition shooters. Knapp holds three world records, including his popular 10-shot clay targets with his shotgun. He was also a great story teller and had a great voice for radio.

Knapp and his wife, Colleen, recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary. No funeral services will be held, according to his wishes.

"He touched so many people,'' Colleen Knapp told the local newspaper, the Star Tribune. "I have been fielding texts, e-mails and phone calls from all over the United States, and from good friends overseas.''

"God in heaven has a new 'Shooting Star!' The world has lost a very special, uniquely talented, one of a kind man; I am glad that I had the great privilege of knowing him," said Ranae Edwards of Dalton, MN.



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