Kenny Arnold, a key player on Iowa's 1980 Final Four team, has passed away. He was just 59 years old.
Arnold dealt with a significant health issues for around three decades. He had a brain tumor, and suffered multiple strokes.
Iowa established a yearly award given out in Arnold's name back in 2017. The Kenny Arnold Foundation has also been established in his name, to raise money for cancer research.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery spoke about Kenny Arnold's impact after his passing on Saturday.
From the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Iowa "lost one of the most inspirational players our program has ever had.
"Kenny always had a smile on his face and cared most about the happiness of others," McCaffery added. "His spirit and legacy will not be forgotten."
Arnold's Iowa basketball career spanned from 1979-82, including that Final Four run in 1980, during which he led the Hawkeyes in scoring, and the Hawkeyes last Big Ten championship team in 1979. In his final season in Iowa City, he made the All-Big Ten third team, and finished his career with 1,112 points and 352 assists.
Our thoughts go out to Arnold's family, and everyone else affected by his incredibly untimely passing.