Darryl Dawkins, the former basketball player most popular for his days with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, passed away at the age of 58. The legendary dunker and “Chocolate Thunder” died due to a heart attack on Aug. 27, 2015, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital -Cedar Crest. Read on for more details.
According to Daily News, a spokesperson at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest confirmed the death news of Darryl.
“Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart,” was the statement released by Dawkins’ family after the legendary dunker’s death.
Darryl’s third wife Janice Hoderman, and his children Alexis Dawkins, Nick Dawkins, Tabitha Dawkins, as well as his other family members, friends and fans grieve for the loss of the “Chocolate Thunder.”
An autopsy was scheduled on August 28 to determine the cause of death and manner of Darryl’s death, according to Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner officials, reported ESPN. However, the legendary dunker’s family released a statement revealing that the cause of death was a heart attack.
The Morning Call reported that Darryl Dawkins, who is popular for his “colorful personality” and “flamboyant style,” received his “Chocolate Thunder” nickname from “Sir Duke” singer Stevie Wonder (Stevland Hardaway Morris).
According to the Wikipedia entry, Dawkins was a part of the NBA with Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, and Detroit Pistons. He has also worked for other teams such as Auxilium Torino (Italy), Olimpia Philips Milano (Italy), Libertas Forlì (Italy), Harlem Globetrotters, Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA), and Winnipeg Cyclone (IBA).
The legendary dunker played mostly for Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets during his 15-year NBA career. Following his NBA career, he worked with Harlem Globetrotters, and Sioux Falls Skyforce. Then, he was the head coach for the American Basketball Association’s Newark Express, Winnipeg Cyclone, and Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs.
During his basketball career, Darryl Dawkins has “averaged 12.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 regular-season games.” He scored the seventh best field goal percentage (57.2) in NBA history.
We express our deep condolences for the family, friends, and fans of the legendary dunker.
R.I.P Darryl Dawkins!
Photo Source: Facebook/ Darryl Dawkins