PHILADELPHIA, PA (WTXF) - FOX 29 has learned sad news about former Philadelphia 76ers star Moses Malone
Howard Eskin reports Malone, 60 passed away Sunday morning. He was found in bed after an appearance in Virginia.
Malone was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players and was the Finals MVP after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 championship.
His 16,212 rebounds still rank fifth on the NBA's all-time list, while his 27,409 career points rank eighth.
His No. 24 was retired by the Rockets, with whom he won the MVP in 1979 and 1982. He won his third MVP with the 76ers in 1983.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil released the following statement Sunday:
"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."