By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton has passed away. He was 64.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. According to KUTV, Eaton went for a bike ride and never returned.
“The Utah Jazz is profoundly saddened at the unexpected passing of Mark Eaton, who was an enduring figure in our franchise history and had a significant impact on the community after his basketball career,” the team said in a statement. “Mark played his entire 11-year NBA career with the Jazz and his number was retired as an NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. His presence continued around the organization as a friend and ambassador while giving back as a businessman and volunteer to his adopted hometown in Utah.
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“We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Teri and their extended family. Mark will be greatly missed by all of us with the Jazz.”
He was found unconscious on a road. He was then transferred to a local hospital, where he passed away.
The police said that he crashed his bike. However, no other details have been released at this time.
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Eaton played for the Jazz from 1982-1993. He also was named an All-Star in 1989.
The big man was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He played in 875 games for the Jazz.
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