Mark Roth, a pro bowling champion from the 1970s and 1980s who ranks among the sport’s greatest names, has died, according to reports. He was 70.
In addition to eight titles on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour, Roth was also known for being the first pro bowler to knock down a 7-10 split on a live national TV broadcast, the website of the United States Bowling Congress reported.
Roth’s death was confirmed Friday by Tom Clark, commissioner of the Professional Bowling Association (PBA), who received word from Roth’s wife, Denise, the Staten Island Advance newspaper in New York City reported.
Just days earlier, Denise Roth posted a Facebook message, asking fans to pray for her ailing husband.
Roth had been suffering from congestive heart failure and pneumonia, and had diabetes, Denise Roth wrote. He had also suffered at least two heart attacks, in 2009 and 2019.
His 34 total tournament victories rank sixth all-time, behind only Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47); Earl Anthony (43); Norm Duke (40); Pete Weber (37); and Park Bohn III (35), the Advance reported.
Roth was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1987 and the U.S. Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2009, the PBA wrote on its website.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Roth lived in Staten Island for many years and later lived in upstate New York and New Jersey, according to the newspaper.