Sports fans are currently mourning the loss of a legendary Hall of Famer. John MacLeod, a former top head NBA coach, sadly passed away at 81 years old.
MacLeod is famously recognized as the winningest coach for the Phoenix Suns. He brought the team to record-breaking seasons in the early 1970s to late 1980s. Additionally, he brought the team to their first-ever NBA finals in 1976, reported USA Today.
An official cause of death was not released to the public. However, according to reports, the basketball legend lived with Alzheimer's for more than 10 years. Outside of sports, he dedicated his life to bringing awareness to the devastating disease.
The Suns first announced the sad news on Sunday, April 14th in a heartfelt statement:
"We are saddened today to learn of the passing of Suns Ring of Honor member and all-time winningest head coach, John MacLeod. A brilliant tactician on the sidelines, Coach MacLeod engineered the first great era of Phoenix Suns basketball, including as the catalyst of the 1975-76 'Sundarella Suns' and their memorable run to the NBA Finals,” the team said in a statement.
“His passion for the game was matched only by his endearing personality, humility and class, a man who was loved by everyone that had the pleasure of interacting with him,” they continued. “Coach MacLeod was a winner in every sense and will be dearly missed by our entire Phoenix Suns family. Our thoughts are with his lovely wife Carol, daughter Kathleen and son Matt, during this difficult time."
He leaves behind his wife, Carol, and his two children: Kathleen and Matt. Please pray for his family as they mourn this difficult loss. MacLeod will be greatly missed by many!
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