LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Haley, who played nine seasons in the NBA including a reserve role on the Chicago Bulls’ 1996 championship team, has died. He was 51.
Haley’s family confirmed his death, saying the cause was heart disease. He died Monday at Los Alamitos Medical Center, according to the Orange County coroner’s office website. There were no indications of foul play and an autopsy will be performed, the coroner said. Haley played for the Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls drafted the 6-foot-10 forward-center out of UCLA in 1987. He was known for his friendship with eccentric Bulls star Dennis Rodman.
“He cherished every moment and gave 100 percent whether on or off the court. And more than anything, Jack dearly loved his family. We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers from around the country,” Haley’s family said in a statement issued Tuesday through the Lakers.
After his playing career ended, Haley worked as an assistant for the Nets and as a TV broadcaster working on Lakers telecasts.
“Very sorry to hear my old teammate, Jack Haley, has passed away. Great guy who I stayed in touch with over the years. RIP,” former Bulls star Scottie Pippen posted on Twitter.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said in a statement that Haley was “a hard worker and always very professional.”
“He was proud to wear the Lakers uniform, and he was always a credit to our organization and the Lakers family,” Kupchak said.
Haley is survived by his sons Jack Jr. and Jeff, his mother Jeanette, brother Tim and sister Sondra and ex-wife Stacey.
Source: Huff Post