Former Basketball Player Darryl Dawkins Dead at 58

Former NBA player Darryl Dawkins has reportedly passed away. He was 58.

The Philadelphia 76er — also known by his nickname Chocolate Thunder (chosen by Stevie Wonder) — was known for shattering backboards.

In his 15 seasons with the NBA, Dawkins also played for the New Jersey Nets.

The Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil has issued a statement in light of Dawkin’s death. You can read it in its entirety below.

The Sixers family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of an absolute legend, Darryl Dawkins. We’ve lost a dear friend and an iconic figure, both on and off the court.  We remember fondly not only his thunderous dunks, but more importantly his powerful presence and personality. Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved—by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe. His endearing charm, infectious smile and unparalleled sense of humor will be sorely missed. ‘Chocolate Thunder’ will always have a special place in our hearts.  His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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