(Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950.
He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960.
According to basketball-reference.com, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games.
Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford