The circumstances of Mark Eaton's death were revealed on Saturday night just hours after the Utah Jazz announced the death of the former star.
The 64-year-old man died in an apparent bicycle accident in Utah, authorities said. The 7-foot-4 center left his home for a Friday night bike ride in Summit County. Someone then called 911 to report a man lying on the roadway and unconscious. The man was taken to hospital where he later died.
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He was later identified as Eaton.
The ' team, citing p Police who investigated said: "there is no reason to believe that a vehicle was involved in the incident.
The Utah selected Eaton in the fourth round of the 1982 NBA D Raft from UCLA. He played for Utah from 1982 to 1993. He was five times selected to the defensive first all-team, four-time bouldering champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and was named once. in a star team.
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He ended his career with 3,064 blocks. He is fifth all-time in this category behind Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Artis Gilmore. He and Tree Rollins are the only former players in the top 10 career blocks not in the Hall of Fame. He also holds the record for most blocks in a season at 456.
After his career ended, Eaton was a motivational speaker and author. He supervised the current jazz center Rudy Gobert.
"I 'll text Rudy occasionally and tell him your job is to keep the whole crew. The paint is your home. Don't let anyone in, " Eaton told the Jazz website in 2019. "I love watching him. He's so exciting.
Utah retired their No. 53 jersey during the 1995-96 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.