NBA legend Moses Malone passed away over the weekend in Norfolk, Virginia, at the age of 60.
The Norfolk Police Department confirmed that the three-time NBA MVP died on Sunday inside the Norfolk Waterside Marriott where he was staying. Moses’s body was found shortly before 8 a.m. after apparently not showing of for breakfast before a celerity golf tournament he was set to play in.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver also confirmed the tragic news in a statement that read:
“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon. Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court.”
“He 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. 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. Our thoughts are with Moses’ family and friends during this difficult time.”
During Moses career, the NBA Hall of Famer lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a huge championship in 1983. The franchise released a statement on Sunday that read:
“Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.”
The Houston Rockets, who retired the athletes number 24 jersey, also expressed their sadness in a statement following the news.
“Everyone in the organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Moses Malone,” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement. “Moses was a true gentleman and one of the great Rockets and greatest NBA players, of all time. He will be forever missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”
Malone’s passing comes just weeks after the death of former NBA great, Darryl Hawkins aka Chocolate Thunder.