Russell is considered one of the best players in NBA history.
Veteran died basketball Bill Russell. He was 88 years old.
The message about the death of the athlete appeared on his official Twitter account.
The cause and place of death were not disclosed.
“Being the greatest champion in your sport, revolutionizing team sports and being a community leader at the same time seems unthinkable, but that’s exactly what Bill Russell was,” the Celtics said in a social media statement. “We mourn his passing and celebrate him a huge legacy in basketball, in Boston and beyond.”
Outside of sports, Russell was also well known for his commitment to social justice. In 2011, then US President Barack Obama awarded Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Achievements of Bill Russell
A National Basketball Association (NBA) record holder, Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, where he played center throughout his career. 12 times participated in the All-Star Game. He also won gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics while captaining Team USA.
Russell became the first black head coach in North American professional sports history and helped the club win two more titles.
Russell has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Who is Bill Russell
Bill Russell was born on February 12, 1934 in the US state of Louisiana. Since childhood, Russell has struggled with manifestations of racism.