Beloved Boston Marathon athlete Rick Hoyt has died.
Hoyt, who had cerebral palsy, was 61.
He was pushed in his wheelchair by his father who had served as a lieutenant colonel at the 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield.
Russ Hoyt, the brother of Rick says that the family believes that Rick suffered from pnurmonia a couple of years ago and it probably took more out of him than most people knew.
Hoyt participated in the Boston Marathon from 1981 until 2014.
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