NORFOLK, VA – Three-time NBA MVP, Hall of Famer and 13-time All-Star player Moses Malone died Sunday at the age of 60.
Malone was in Norfolk, Virginia to play in a golf tournament when he died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep.
Moses was one of the first players to go directly from high school to the NBA. Over his career, he played with the Utah Stars of the ABA, the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis and then in the NBA with Buffalo, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Antonio.
During his 21-year NBA career, he won the 1983 title with the Philadelphia 76ers and was named an all-star 12 times in a row.
Malone’s 29,580 total points ranks seventh all-time, his 17,834 rebounds is third all-time and his 1,889 blocks is 23rd all-time
He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Philadelphia 76ers released the following statement:
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone. It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization – both as a friend and player – have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans. 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. No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words – including three of the most iconic in this city’s history. His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and as we are once again reminded of the preciousness of life.”