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Former yokozuna Sadanoyama, who served as head of the Japan Sumo Association in the 1990s, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on April 27, his family said Monday. He was 79.

Sadanoyama, whose real name is Shinmatsu Ichikawa, was promoted to sumo’s highest rank after winning the 1965 New Year Grand Sumo Tournament for his third title and retired after the spring meet in 1968, having retained his yokozuna status through 19 tourneys.

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