NBA legend Bill Russell dead at 88 by Ryan Gaydos
Bill Russell Dies at Age 88
Bill Russell, one of the greatest basketball players of all time who led the charge on and off the court, has died, his family announced Sunday. He was 88.
Russell’s family said that he passed away “peacefully” with his wife by his side. It was unclear how Russell died.
“It is with a weighty heart we would like to pass along to all of Bill’s friends, fans & followers,” the statement started.
“Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannie, by his side. Arrangements for his memorial service will be announced soon.
“Bill’s two state championships in high school offered a glimmer of the incomparable run of pure team accomplishment to come: twice an NCAA champion; captain of a gold-medal winning US Olympic tea; 11 times an NBA champion; and at the helm for two NBA championships as the first Black head coach of any North American professional sports team.
“Along the way, Bill earned a string of individual awards that stands unprecedented as it went unmentioned by him. In 2009, the award for the NBA Final’s most valuable player was renamed after two-time Hall of Famer the “Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.”