When news hit the media last Sunday that Moses Malone was dead at age 60 it shocked many who knew him. Over the course of the weekend he had attended Hall of Fame activities and was scheduled to participate in a charity golf tournament on the day of his death.
Former teammates, franchises (including ones he played for as well as ones he didn’t), journalists who knew him and fans were in a state of shock as Malone hadn’t been ill. News came shortly after that the Virgina chief medical examiner determined Malone had died of natural causes. As per nba.com the specific cause of death was “listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.” – nba.com
With any sort of foul play ruled out Malone’s family was able t0 proceed with funeral arrangements. Again as per nba.com Moses Malone funeral services are scheduled to occur on Saturday September 19th in Houston where the center played six of his nineteen years and arguably the prime of his career in the National Basketball Association.
Specifics on the service as per an nba.com article are:
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time at Houston megachurch Lakewood. The church is in the same building where the Houston Rockets played during Malone’s time with the team from 1976-1982 when it was called The Summit. – nba.com
Notably the Houston Chronicle lists the funeral occurring at noon.
No doubt there will be several of Malone’s former teammates and retired NBA players in attendance given how respected and loved he was. Numerous messages of sympathy flooded social media and tributes continue to appear in national media and blogs highlighting the 3 time MVP and Hall of Fame center’s career and his warmth off the court.
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