PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Darryl Dawkins, a former Philadelphia 76er died Wednesday at the age of 58.
A source close to the family confirmed Dawkin's death to FOX 29 early Wednesday afternoon.
Dawkins played in the NBA for 15 years as a center for both the Sixers and New Jersey Nets. Over that span, Dawkins became known for his powerful, backboard-shattering slam dunks.
Musician Stevie Wonder gave Dawkins the nickname "Chocolate Thunder" during his playing career.
Dawkins made the Lehigh Valley his home after he retired from basketball, and even served as the head coach of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Men's Basketball Team.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SCOTT O'NEIL STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF DARRYL DAWKINS:
“The Sixers family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of an absolute legend, Darryl Dawkins. We’ve lost a dear friend and an iconic figure, both on and off the court. We remember fondly not only his thunderous dunks, but more importantly his powerful presence and personality. Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved—by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe. His endearing charm, infectious smile and unparalleled sense of humor will be sorely missed. ‘Chocolate Thunder’ will always have a special place in our hearts. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”