BOSTON (WCMH) — Former Ohio State basketball player and Boston Celtics great John Havlicek has died at the age of 79.
The Boston Celtics released a statement Thursday on his passing:
“John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments. He was a great champion, both on the court and in the community, winning eight NBA championships and an NBA Finals MVP, while holding Celtics career records for points scored and games played. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, he is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame and his retired #17 hangs in the Garden rafters. His defining traits as a player were his relentless hustle and wholehearted commitment to team over self. He was extraordinarily thoughtful and generous, both on a personal level and for those in need, as illustrated by his commitment to raising money for The Genesis Foundation for Children for over three decades through his fishing tournament. John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. He was a champion in every sense and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.”