NBA Hall of Famer and three-time MVP Moses Malone was found dead on September 13 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was only 60.
Malone was scheduled to appear at a celebrity golfing event, but when he never showed, officials checked his hotel room, where they discovered his unresponsive body. According to authorities, Malone was not breathing when they arrived and he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Although an official cause of death hasn’t yet been determined, foul play is not suspected at this time.
Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, released an official statement of condolence on behalf of the organization, praising Malone for his contribution to the game. “Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court,” said Silver, adding that the player was “among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA and the ABA.”
Moses Malone helped lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their championship title in 1983, and he was selected as the highly regarded Finals MVP of that season. The iconic player also earned the NBA MVP title in 1979, 1982, and 1983. In addition to being a three-time MVP star, Malone is also a 12-time All-Star.
Malone was the first basketball player to play professionally straight out of high school and went on to play for eight different NBA teams across 20 seasons, averaging 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per NBA game. In 2001, he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and is regarded as one of the 50 top players in NBA history.
The news of Malone’s death sadly comes after the unexpected passing of another NBA legend, Daryl Dawkins, who died on August 27 at the age of 58 after suffering a fatal heart attack.
Watkins, C., “Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone dies at age 60,” ESPN web site, September 13, 2015.