Celtics icon Havlicek dies at 79
(Agence France-Presse) - April 26, 2019 - 11:13am

BOSTON – John Havlicek, a Hall of Famer and the Boston Celtics' all-time leading scorer, died Thursday in Florida (Friday Manila time). He was 79.

He spent all 16 seasons of his NBA career with the Celtics and won eight NBA titles. He was selected to the all-star team 13 times.

Havlicek had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

The Celtics released a statement Thursday, describing Havlicek as "thoughtful and generous" and calling him the perfect team player.

"His defining traits as a player were his relentless hustle and wholehearted commitment to team over self," a team statement read.

"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."

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