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NBA Legend Bill Russell Has Died Aged 88

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We have heartbreaking news from the world of sports to report.

NBA legend, Bill Russell, has sadly died at the age of 88.

Keep scrolling to learn more.

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NBA legend and trailblazer, Bill Russell, has died.

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Bill Russell attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Russell, who won a record 11 NBA titles with the Celtics, has died at the age of 88, according to his family.

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Russell is also recognized as a superstar in the 1950s and 60s, becoming the first black head coach of any North American pro team.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Bill Russell attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

This was when the Celtics hired him back in 1966 as their player-coach.

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His death was announced by his family in a post reading:

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 25: Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics and Willie Naulls #6 of the New York Knicks battle for the rebound during an NBA game on October 25, 1958 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Photo by Hy Peskin/Getty Images)

“Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side.”

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Although his family added that what he did for civil rights was just as important as his impact on sport in general.

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EAST RUTHERFORD – JUNE 9: NBA legends Bill Russell and Bill Walton talk before game three of the NBA Finals on June 9, 2002 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New Jersey Nets are attempting to stop the Los Angeles Lakers from winning their third championship in a row. AFP PHOTO/MATT CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP via Getty Images)

They added:

“For all the winning, Bill’s understanding of the struggle is what illuminated his life. From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to unmask too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp in the combustible wake of Medgar Evers’ assassination, to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2010, Bill called out justice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and hopeful change.”

They concluded:

“Perhaps you’ll live one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or recall his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the real story behind how those moments unfolded. And we hope each of us can find a new way to act or speak up with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle.

“That would be one last, and lasting, win for our beloved #6.”

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Rest in peace Bill Russell.

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Bill Russell attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

A true giant in and out of the game.

Rest in peace.

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