NBA Great Moses Malone Dead at 60
76ers center predicted "fo, fo, fo" championships
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2015 10:21 AM CDT
In this 1984, file photo, New Jersey Nets' Darryl Dawkins (53) towers over Philadelphia 76ers' Moses Malone (2).   (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)
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(Newser) – Three-time NBA MVP and Philadelphia 76ers legend Moses Malone, who with Julius Erving in 1983 brought the City of Brotherly Love its first championship since 1967, has died at the age of 60, reports the Inquirer. "It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone," per a team statement. "Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball." Nicknamed "the chairman of the boards," the AP notes that the 6-foot-10 center was one of the most successful players of his era to make the leap directly from high school to the NBA. The Sixers did not immediately specify a cause of death, saying only that the organization was "once again reminded of the preciousness of life."