Family and Team Statement on John Havlicek's Passing

by Boston Celtics

Statement on behalf of The Havlicek Family:

It is with deep sadness that I, along with our son Chris, daughter Jill, and seven grandchildren, announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, John Havlicek.

John was a proud man of integrity, moral character, and kindness, and was the Captain of our team.

The entire Havlicek Family thanks you for your compassion during his valiant  battle with Parkinson's Disease.  We would also like to thank the many dear friends and fans for the immeasurable support, respect and love they continue to give to Number 17.

- Beth Havlicek

Team statement:

John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments. He was a great champion both on the court and in the community, winning 8 NBA championships and an NBA Finals MVP, while holding Celtics career records for points scored and games played. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, he is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame and his retired #17 hangs in the Garden rafters. His defining traits as a player were his relentless hustle and wholehearted commitment to team over self. He was extraordinarily thoughtful and generous, both on a personal level and for those in need, as illustrated by his commitment to raising money for The Genesis Foundation for Children for over three decades through his fishing tournament. John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.

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