Fast-living tennis star who lived the playboy lifestyle and died from a faulty pool heater.
He won the Grand Slam singles title in 1977, and stayed in the Top Ten from then until 1983.
He partied at Studio 54, drove around in a Roll Royce Corniche, and had a drug habit.
His father Vitas Gerulaitis Sr. was a tennis champion in his own time, and taught the sport in the U.S.
His hard-fought match with Bjorn Borg in the 1977 Wimbledon semifinals was a classic of the age.