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Inside NBA Legend Moses Malone's Sudden Death at 60

Olawale Ogunjimi
May 27, 2020
07:30 P.M.
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Basketball Hall of Famer, Moses Malone, died of natural causes in a Norfolk hotel room at the age of 60.

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A legend and three-time MVP, Moses Malone passed away at the age of 60 on 13th September 2015. The sad incident occurred in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Virginia medical examiner's office listed Malone's cause of death as hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

 Portrait of Hall of Famer Moses Malone during the 2003 All-Star Weekend on February 9, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Portrait of Hall of Famer Moses Malone during the 2003 All-Star Weekend on February 9, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

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The Norfolk police department confirmed that Moses was found dead in a Norfolk hotel room. His body was found following his absence from a celebrity golf competition, which he was supposed to participate in.

Moses is one of the NBA's greatest fifty players of all time and played with eight teams during his 21-year career. One of these teams is the Philadelphia 76ers, which he led to the title in 1983 as a final MVP. The team paid the late player a touching tribute:

"Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era…"

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The late legend had an average of 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per match. Malone topped the league in rebounds on six different occasions. Five of these were consecutive.

The 12-time all-star was the first basketball player to go pro immediately after graduating from high school. He signed with the Utah Stars at the time.

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Moses is not the first basketball legend to die of causes relating to heart problems. Another Basketball legend, Darryl Dawkins, passed away at the age of 58 following a heart attack.

This generated concern from the National Basketball Players Association, which then planned to take action. A statement from the NBA commissioner highlights how important this is. He said:

"It's an extremely high priority for us, The cardiac issues our players have experienced are well known."

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MOSES EUGENE MALONE

The NBA star was born Moses Eugene Malone on the 23rd of March, 1955. He was the NBA's dominating center and offensive rebounder during the 1980s.

He was one of the most valued college basketball prospects as he led his high school team to 50 victories and two state championships.

Moses Malone shoots a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at The Omni during the 1983 NBA season | Photo: Getty Images

Moses Malone shoots a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at The Omni during the 1983 NBA season | Photo: Getty Images

Malone set a record for the highest number of free throws made by a player (8531) at the time of his retirement. Moses ended his sports career in 1995 with a whopping amount of 27,409 points and 16,212 rebounds. He became a part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of fame in 2001. May he continue to rest in Peace!

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