Legendary NBA star Bill Russell dead at 88

The announcement came courtesy of Bill’s own official social media page, which posted Sunday with a sad update. The text says BR passed away peacefully with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. The exact circumstances of his death weren’t discussed further.

Bill goes on to recount all of his accomplishments, starting with those from high school. He had won two state championships at that level, two NCAA championships, an Olympic gold medal, and, of course, 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. He had also won two championships with the same team while serving as both the head coach and the player, which was an unprecedented feat at the time.

His social rights activism during his playing career is mentioned in this obituary, as he boycotted events and made public statements against bigotry and discrimination that were pervasive at the time in the U.S.

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