Three-time NBA MVP and Hall of Fame member Moses Malone has died at the age of 60.

Know as the ‘Chairman of the Boards’, due to his rebounding skills, Malone helped the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA title in 1983, and was named finals and league MVP in the same year.

“It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone. It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization – both as a friend and player – have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans,” the 76ers said on Sunday.

“Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball. No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words – including three of the most iconic in this city’s history. His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and as we are once again reminded of the preciousness of life.”

The 12-time All-Star ranks fifth on the list for NBA rebounds in a career and eighth for points scored. He averaged 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds.

Malone’s talent was obvious from a young age and when he signed for the Utah Stars of the ABA in 1974 he became the first player to turn pro straight from high school. After the ABA-NBA merger he played for a number of teams, most notably the Houston Rockets and the 76ers. He retired at the end of the 1994-95 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

This article titled “NBA champion and 12-time All Star Moses Malone dies at 60” was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Sunday 13th September 2015 14.46 UTC

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