The NBA world suffered devastating news on Thursday night.
Boston Celtics star John Havlicek has passed away at the age of 79. Havlicek suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
The Celtics released a statement confirming the news.
“John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments,” the Celtics said in a statement.
“John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.”
It is with great sadness we have learned that Celtics Legend and Hall of Famer John Havlicek has passed away peacefully today at the age of 79. He will be dearly missed by his Celtics family.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 26, 2019
Havlicek finished his NBA career as an eight-time champion with the Boston Celtics. He won NBA Finals MVP following a tremendous 1974 playoff run.
Among his other accolades, Havlicek was a 13-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA first-team selection.
He was inducted into both the College Basketball Hall of Fame and the Basketball Hall of Fame. Havlicek had a standout career at Ohio State before making his way to the NBA.
He won a title with the Buckeyes in 1960 and had his number retired by the school.
Havlicek was honored as one of the top-50 basketball players in NBA history in 2009.
Our thoughts are with the Havlicek family.