Chris Ford Passes Away- Former Celtics Basketball Player and Coach

A statement from Chris Ford’s family confirmed his passing.

He was a member of the Boston Celtics’ 1981 championship team, a longtime NBA coach, and the man credited with making the league’s first 3-point basket. He was 74.

On Wednesday, the family informed the Celtics of the death. Ford passed away on Tuesday, according to the statement, which gave no official cause of death.

He passed away in Philadelphia after having a heart attack earlier in the month, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

“Chris was adored by his loved ones, close friends, and teammates. According to the family statement, he had a deep affection for his family, the city of Boston, the supporters, and the entire Celtics family.

He always acted with humility and respect toward everyone who had the good fortune to be a part of his life.

Ford’s first year with Boston ended with him being named the team’s MVP. He served as the Celtics’ assistant coach for seven seasons from 1981 to 1982 before retiring.

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