Moses Malone, NBA's 'Chairman of the Boards' dead at 60

Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:38pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Basketball legend Moses Malone, a three-time most valuable player for the National Basketball Association, died early Sunday in Virgnia at age 60, authorities said.

Malone was found unresponsive Sunday in the Norfolk Waterside Marriott hotel in Norfolk, Va., according to a statement from Norfolk police. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, police said.

The cause of his death has not been determined, police said. League officials declined to comment further.

Malone was in Norfolk for a charity golf event planned for Sunday.

Malone spent much of his professional career with the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers, according to his biography on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Nicknamed the "Chairman of the Boards," he averaged more than 20 points per game for eleven straight seasons and was named the NBA's most valuable player in 1979, 1982, 1983, the biography said.

"Even more than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, his generosity, his exuberant personality, and the extraordinary work ethic he brought to the game throughout his 21-year pro career," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

The 76ers expressed grief for their former player in a statement on Sunday.

"It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization - both as a friend and player - have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans," the statement said.   Continued...

Hall of Fame forward and former NBA All-Star Moses Malone acknowledges the crowd as he is introduced in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference playoff semifinal series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in Phoenix, Arizona, in this May 16, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Jeff Topping/Files