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Moses Malone, NBA Hall of Famer, Dies at 60

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Liz Raftery

NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone died Sunday, according to a statement from the Philadelphia 76ers. He was 60.

Malone, who was named MVP as a member of the 76ers' championship team in 1983, reportedly died in his sleep at his home in Norfolk, Va., but no cause of death was given.

"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 team said in a statement.

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Malone went pro straight out of high school, signing with the American Basketball Association's Utah Stars in 1974. After the ABA and NBA merged, Malone played for the 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Bullets and Houston Rockets, who retired his No. 24 jersey.

Malone was voted the league MVP three times and was a 12-time All-Star. He retired in 1995. Nicknamed "Chairman of the Boards," he is currently No. 5 on the list of the NBA's all-time rebounders, with 16,212.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.