Bill Russell Cause of Death

Bill Russell passed away quietly while he was by his wife Jeannie’s side, according to a statement that was issued by Russell’s family earlier in the day.

Tributes have been pouring in from all across the NBA world for Bill Russell, a legendary player who won 11 championships in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics between 1956-57 and 1968-69.

Bill Russell
Bill Russell


The number of honors bestowed to Russell was enormous. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1975 and as a coach in 2021. During his playing career, he was selected as an All-Star a total of 12 times, and he won the Most Valuable Player award five times (as a coach).

His matchups with fellow center Wilt Chamberlain were the stuff of folklore, and while Chamberlain was a statistical phenom (and a four-time MVP himself), he was only able to win two championships over the course of his career.

Despite this, Russell was also a trailblazer and a fighter for civil rights. During his playing career, he battled bigotry on a regular basis. Not only was he the first Black head coach in NBA history, but he was also the first Black head coach in the history of professional team sports in the United States, period.


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