Moses Malone, the legendary 3-time NBA MVP who had one of the sport’s most storied careers, has passed away at age 60, the Philadelphia 76ers confirmed in a statement Sunday.
A cause of death was not provided by the team.
Malone, whose nickname was “The Chairman of the Boards,” was one of the NBA’s all-time 50 greatest players, and was the most successful basketball player of his era to jump right from high school to the pro ranks.
Among his many feats, he helped end the city of Philadelphia’s pro sports championship drought, earning the NBA Finals MVP in 1983 when he and “Dr.” Julius Erving brought home the series victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
In a statement, the 76ers said: “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.”
Malone is the NBA’s career leader in offensive rebounds and led the league in rebounds per game for five straight seasons from 1980-85.
Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and attended the induction ceremonies for the year’s class in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.