Obit Steadman

FILE - Dr. Richard Steadman poses in a workout area in the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in the Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail, Colo., March 12, 2009. Steadman, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the renowned Steadman Clinic where many of the world's elite athletes have gone for career-saving treatment, has died at age 85. He died in his sleep Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at his home in Vail, said Lynda Sampson, vice president of external affairs at the Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Dr. J. Richard Steadman, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the renowned Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., where many of the world’s elite athletes have gone for career-saving treatment, has died at age 85.

Steadman died in his sleep, Friday, at his home in Vail, said Lynda Sampson, vice president of external affairs at the Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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