GALLERY: Remembering the sports stars we lost in 2015

Look back on some of those who sadly passed away

Jules Bianchi, Formula 1

Jules Bianchi remembered at his funeral (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

While we prepare for a new year, it is important to remember those we lost over the past 12 months.

In sport, as in every aspect of life, we lost many totemic figures.

Below is just a very small selection of sportspeople who passed away during 2015.

Ray Treacy

Ray Treacy ©Billy SticklandINPHO

The former Republic of Ireland international passed away on April 10th at the age of 68.

A winner of 42 caps as a player, the Dubliner led Shamrock Rovers to the League of Ireland title in 1994 as manager.

Bill O'Herlihy

Bill O'Herlihy ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

A legend of Irish sports broadcasting, Bill was with us every step of the way on the days and nights of Irish soccer's greatest moments.

He passed away aged 76 on May 25th.

 Jerry Collins

Jerry Collins announces his retirement from first class rugby in New Zealand in 2008 ©INPHO/Photosport

The former All-Blacks back-row lost his life on June 5th in a tragic car accident in France, which also claimed the life of his partner.

After New Zealand's World Cup triumph in October, some of the squad made a point of paying their respects at his graveside.

Jimmy Doyle

Jimmy Doyle in 2001 ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

The legend of Tipperary hurling left us on June 22nd at the age of 76. He won six All-Irelands for his county, making it into the Hurling Team of the Century and also of the Millennium. 

Jules Bianchi

Pallbearers carry the casket of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi into Sainte Reparate Cathedral during his funeral in Nice, French Riviera, Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

The 25-year-old Frenchman had suffered a severe head injury in last October's Japanese Grand Prix. He unfortunately lost the fight for his life on July 17th, becoming the first Formula 1 driver to be killed as the result of injuries sustained at a race event since Ayrton Senna in 1994.  

Aaron Devlin

Aaron Devlin ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

On July 30th, Derry GAA announced the sad news that the 22-year-old Gaelic footballer had passed away after battling an aggressive strain of meningitis. 

Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra in 2013 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

An iconic and beloved name in the world of baseball, the legendary New York Yankees star died on September 22nd aged 90.

Howard Kendall

 

Howard Kendall (Image by: Tony Marshall / EMPICS Sport)

The Everton managerial great led the club to two league titles and the FA Cup in the 1980s, as well as the European Cup Winners Cup.

He passing came at the age of 69 on October 17th.

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu ©INPHO/Allsport

The world woke to the shock announcement that a totemic figure in rugby and sport generally had passed away at the age of just 40 on November 18th.

His unique abilities on the field are seared in the collective memory.

Jimmy Hill

Image: PA / PA Wire/Press Association Images

A multi-talented phenomenon, who served in almost every capacity of English football from player and manager to PFA chief and broadcaster. His death at the age of 87 was announced on December 19th.

Patrick Curtin 

Patrick Curtin ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The former Kerry footballer died as the result of a serious head injury sustained in a car accident in Guatemala this week.