Frank Ramsey, Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at the University of Kentucky and seven NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died of natural cause at the age of 86 on Sunday, July 8.
Ramsey's death was announced by the University of Kentucky, where he was a part of the Wildcats' 1951 national championship team and a three-time All-American.
Born on 13 July 1931 Ramsey starred in Lexington under coach Adolph Rupp, leading the Arizona Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament championship in 1951.
Ramsey was the fifth overall pick in the 1953 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, becoming the team's original "Sixth Man."
He played both shooting guard and small forward, averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as Boston won seven NBA crowns in his nine seasons.
On Sunday, July 8, the Boston Celtics issued a statement lauding his many accomplishments in green.
The statement reads,
As a seven-time NBA Champion and the original “Sixth Man,” Frank Ramsey helped create a legacy of excellence and selflessness that carried through generations, and remains part of the Boston Celtics ethos to this day. A true gentleman known for his elegance and thoughtfulness, he remained a loyal and active member of the Celtics family throughout his days. We join those celebrating his life and mourning his passing.
Ramsey retired in 1964. He was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
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