Boston, Oct. 28 – The Boston Celtics regretfully announce the sudden passing of President Arnold "Red" Auerbach. Auerbach, 89, was born on September 20, 1917. He passed away Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Auerbach was responsible for 16 World Championships and was known as the greatest coach who ever lived. The Celtics are dedicating this season to his memory.

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.