Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell died: Cause of death Revealed

Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell died Cause of death Revealed

The Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 titles total and eight consecutive championships, passed away on Sunday,  At the age of 88. Let’s see what happened, How did Bill Russell die, and his cause of death.

 

What happened to Bill Russell?

According to a message on social media, Russell passed away “peacefully” with his wife, Jeannine, at his side. The announcement stated that details on his memorial service would shortly be released.

The statement reads,

It is with a very heavy heart we would like to pass along to all of Bill’s friends, fans, & followers:

Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. Arrangements for his memorial service will be announced soon.

Bill’s two state championships in high school offered a glimmer of the incomparable run of pure team accomplishment to come: twice an NCAA champion; captain of a gold-medal-winning US Olympic team; 11 times an NBA champion, and at the helm for two NBA championships as the first black head coach of any North American professional sports team.

Along the way, Bill earned a string of individual awards that stands unprecedented as it went unmentioned by him. In 2009, the award for the NBA Finals most valuable player was renamed after twotime Hall of Famer as the “Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award”

But for all the winning, Bill’s understanding of the struggle is what illuminated his life. From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to unmask too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp in the combustible wake of Medgar Evans’ assassination, to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010, Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.

Bill’s wife, Jeannine, and his many friends and family thank you for keeping Bill in your prayers. Perhaps you’ll relive one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or recall his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the real story behind how those moments unfolded. And we hope each of us can find a new way to act or speak up with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle. That would be one last, and lasting, win for our beloved #6.

How did Bill Russell die?

According to the family members on Twitter Bill Russell died peacefully at his home and had no medical condition before his death. Updates on the memorial service will shortly be released.

Back in 2017,

Bill Russell Hospitalization for Dehydration

According to TMZ, Bill Russell, an NBA Hall of Famer, was being treated for what appear to be cardiac problems in a hospital in Washington state.

84-year-old Celtics veteran Bill Russell was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance after an ambulance was called to his house in the Seattle area on Friday night, according to law enforcement sources.

According to reports, Bill was experiencing cardiac problems and breathing difficulties and was treated in the hospital.

According to Russell’s representative, he was admitted to the hospital due to dehydration. They anticipate him to check out within one day despite being kept overnight for observation.

Russell only answered by joking that his wife loves to remind him that he doesn’t drink enough and says he was sent to the hospital last night for dehydration. He claims to be headed home.

Also jokingly, Bill said that he had no heart problems since “my pals know I don’t have the heart to give me trouble.”

 

Last Year,

Bill Russell Vaccine Awareness

In a video broadcast by the NBA on Thursday, the 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and Basketball Hall of Fame member said that he had the shot. Russell states in the video as he receives the shot, “This is one shot I won’t block.”

As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gregg Popovich did when their vaccinations were filmed on the league’s behalf, Bill Russell took part in the video to encourage people to get the vaccine when they had the chance.

No Celtics were hurt, according to Russell.

Russell is eligible for vaccinations according to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health care professionals, residents of long-term care homes, front-line vital staff, persons over 65, and those “with underlying medical disorders” that enhance their sensitivity to COVID-19 should receive the vaccination in priority, according to the CDC guidelines.

 

Bill Russell Cause of death

A post on social media stated that Russell died “peacefully” with his wife Jeannine at his side. The statement stated that information about his memorial ceremony will be made available shortly. According to the statement, the NBA icon passed away from natural causes.

He had no medical conditions before and once the legend himself said, “my pals know I don’t have the heart to give me trouble.”

We have been trying to reach out the Jeannine and other Bill Russell family members for comment. We will update this post once information is available.

 

Presidential Medal Of Freedom Recipient

Bill Russell, a Mercer Island native and NBA Hall of Famer, was honored with the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama on February 15 2011 in a White House ceremony. This award is the nation’s highest civilian award.

Obama remarked during the event that the Medal of Freedom honorees this year “reflects the best of who we are and who we want to be.”

In recognizing Russell, President Obama noted that he not only led a life of athletic achievement (winning 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics) but also one in which he championed human rights and dignity.

Obama praised Bill Russell for standing out for the rights and dignity of all men. When it was time for Obama to give the Mercer Island resident the prize, the 6′ 9 “Russell stepped up to greet him, which caused a chuckle. Obama, who is just 6′ 1”, sank to the ground “could wear the medal around his neck with a clasp.

Updates on Bill Russell cause of death will go here.

 

Bill Russell’s Greatest Achievements

11 NBA titles during a 13-year career

While playing for the Boston Celtics over the course of a 13-year career, center Russell set a record by winning 11 NBA championships and five NBA Most Valuable Player trophies.

Only by using his team’s success as a yardstick can one determine Russell’s greatest individual accomplishment. Russell was one of the top players on all 11 of those teams, despite playing on some strong Celtics squads (the 1962–63 squad included seven future Hall of Famers, in addition to Russell himself).

Only Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens has won more team titles in the four major sports in history than Russell.

8 straight NBA titles

Russell ended up being the main factor in the 8 straight NBA titles. The Celtics’ run of NBA championships from 1959 through 1966 is unmatched by any other club in any of the four major sports.

The team’s face was Russell, who was an All-Star in each of those seasons and the MVP in half of them. Boston had a chance to win every night during the season because of his relentless rebounding and defense, and they did.

First player in NBA history to average 20 rebounds per game

During his second season in the league, 1957–58, Russell attained this level. That year, while guiding the Celtics to the NBA’s best record, he also received his first MVP award.

It turned out to be just another year at the workplace.

The next nine seasons in a row saw Russell average 20 or more boards each game.

1956 Olympic gold medalist

However, basketball was largely an American sport in 1956, and the standard of international play was considerably below what current fans are used to.

Russell didn’t, however, have the strong support system that modern American fans are used to.

Russell captained the Americans to an unbeaten gold medal, outscoring their opponents by a margin of slightly over 50 points per game while playing alongside players with famous backgrounds like Ron Tomsic and Robert Jeangerard (10 total NBA games).

 

Condolences from Barak Obama

The statement reads,

Today, we lost a giant. As tall as Bill Russell stood, his legacy rises far higher—both as a player and as a person.

Perhaps more than anyone else, Bill knew what it took to win and what it took to lead. On the court, he was the greatest champion in basketball history. Off of it, he was a civil rights trailblazer—marching with Dr. King and standing with Muhammad Ali.

For decades, Bill endured insults and vandalism, but never let it stop him from speaking up for what’s right. I learned so much from the way he played, the way he coached, and the way he lived his life. Michelle and I send our love to Bill’s family, and everyone who admired him.

Updates on Bill Russell cause of death will go here.

 

Tributes to Bill Russell

Boston Celtics tweeted,

To be the greatest champion in your sport, to revolutionize the way the game is played, and to be a societal leader all at once seems unthinkable, but that is who Bill Russell was. (1/4)

Earvin Magic Johnson tweeted,

I’m heartbroken to hear about the passing of the greatest winner the game of basketball has ever seen, a legend, Hall of Famer, mentor, and my friend for over 30 years, Bill Russell.

Golden state warriors

Bill Russell, who spent many of his formative years in the Bay Area, was a true giant in the game of basketball, and more importantly, in the game of life. While the accolades on the court were immense, it was his overall impact as a pioneer that will leave the greatest legacy.

Bleacher Report said,

Bill Russell will be remembered as one of the most impactful athletes in American history

  • -1st Black head coach of any North American pro sports team
  • -Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011
  • -11x NBA champ (2 as coach)
  • -5x league MVP
  • -2x NCAA champ
  • -Olympic gold medalist

One fan said,

Bill Russell had the most contagious laughter, and always filled the room with smiles RIP legend

New York Times said,

Bill Russell was voted the greatest player in NBA history in a 1980 poll of basketball writers, and his Celtics coach Red Auerbach called him “the single most devastating force in the history of the game” when he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Grant Williams said,

R.I.P Bill Russell. You allowed me to be in the position I am in today and you changed not only the league but the world. Forever 6.

Updates on Bill Russell cause of death will go here.

 

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