The 11 times NBA champion Bill Russell is no more with us. He is an NBA star and social activist, died at the age of 88.
On Sunday, it was announced on his official account that Russell had died. There is no cause that the family or doctors have revealed, but he was ill for a long time. He was unable to present the Finals MVP trophy in June just because he was not feeling well.
So it means he was suffering from an illness. Anyhow the statement posted on social media reads:
“It is with a very heavy heart we would like to pass along to all of Bill’s friends, fans, & followers that Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. Arrangements for his memorial.”
So this means we have lost another legacy with his death.
Bill Russell was successful and the most Champions winning player of basketball. He won 13 NBA championships, two of which he won as a black coach.
In addition, He has also won two times. NCAA championship and also a gold medal in Olympics being a captain of a US Olympic team.
He was also the first black head coach of a North American professional sports team. With this, he has broken the stereotypes regarding black people.
Moreover, Russell was also a social activist and fought for the rights of minorities in America along With Dr. King.
Besides the above achievements and contributions, Bill Russell also won many other outstanding awards, including the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2009.
He was also renamed two times as Hall of Famer.
So He was a legend in the history of the NBA, and we will all miss him.