BOSTON - The Boston Celtics regretfully announce the passing of President Arnold 'Red' Auerbach. Auerbach, 89 and who was born on September 20, 1917, passed away suddenly today in Washington, DC.

Red was responsible for 16 World Championships, was known as the greatest coach ever to have lived and the Celtics are dedicating this upcoming season in his honor.

Auerbach is survived by his two daughters, Nancy Auerbach Collins and Randy Auerbach; his granddaughter, Julie Auerbach Flieger and three great-grandchildren.

On Wednesday, October 25, in his last public appearance, Auerbach proudly received the U.S. Navy's Lone Sailor Award in front of family and friends at ceremonies in Washington, DC.