Basketball great Moses Malone, 60, has died. He was found dead in his hotel room. He was scheduled to play at a celebrity golf tournament.
Police said no foul play was suspected.
The petite 6-foot-10-inch Malone was the first NBA player to go professional directly from high school. It was big news at the time.
Moses Malone Jr. told Fox 26 Houston that his father was his "best friend."
"He taught us so much about life. He came from nothing," Malone Jr. said. "He taught us how to work hard and respect people, love your family and always do the right thing. He's a good person. He was always there to help people. He cared about people who had less than him."
Malone was the first player to go pro right out of high school, signing with the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association in 1974. He played the following season for the Spirits of St. Louis before moving to the Buffalo Braves after the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
It sounds like he might have had a heart attack. I suppose we will find out the cause.