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 in 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.
“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.
Eaton played for the Jazz from 1982-1993. He also was named as 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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