Former New York Knicks executive Hal Childs dies

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Hal Childs, a former assistant general manager for the New York Knicks and public relations director for the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Mariners, has died of complications from heart disease. He was 84.

Childs’ wife, Jacqueline, said Wednesday that her husband died Sunday at his home in Dublin. Hal Childs served as assistant GM of the Knicks from 1987-91 and ran the Warriors’ PR department during the organization’s first championship season in 1974-75. He also worked in PR for the Mariners, Seattle SuperSonics and San Diego Clippers.

Childs was born in Yakima, Washington, in 1933 and was given the nickname “Duke” by his father.

He is survived by his wife four daughters, one son, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held for him on Friday in Dublin.