Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell died at the age of 88. He was one of the best NBA players who anchored the dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years.
His family posted his death news on social media, saying Russell died with his wife, Jeannine, by his side.
He was the last two as the first Black head coach in any major US sport and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr.
He was a 5-time NBA MVP, and 12-time All-Star and was the first player to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NBA Championship, and a college title.
In his career, he has also included a Presidential Medal of Freedom, induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. Russell in 1980 was voted the greatest player in NBA history by basketball writers.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that Russell was “the greatest champion in all of the team sports”.
“Bill stood for something much bigger than sports: the values of equality, respect, and inclusion that he stamped into the DNA of our league. At the height of his athletic career, Bill advocated vigorously for civil rights and social justice, a legacy he passed down to generations of NBA players who followed in his footsteps,” Silver said.
Bill Russell Cause Of Death
The statement did not give the cause of death. A cause of death is not yet known and will be determined by the medical examiner. Police investigate her death cause.
“Through the taunts, threats, and unthinkable adversity, Bill rose above it all and remained true to his belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity.
A Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player, and 12-time All-Star, Russell 1980 was voted the greatest player in NBA history by basketball writers.
In 2011, US president Barack Obama awarded Russell the Medal of Freedom alongside Congressman John Lewis, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and baseball great Stan Musial.