BREAKING: NBA Legend Bill Russell Dead at Age of 88, Won 11 Championships with Boston Celtics

finished with 21,620 career rebounds -- an average of 22.5 per game

BOSTON – Legendary basketball player and 11-time NBA Champion Bill Russell has died at the age of 88, his family announced on Sunday.

Russell, an NBA Hall of Famer, reportedly died peacefully with his wife by his side.

The family released the following the statement after his passing.

“Bill’s wife, Jeannine, and his many friends and family thank you for keeping Bill in your prayers. Perhaps you’ll relive one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or recall his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the real story behind how those moments unfolded,” the family statement said. “And we hope each of us can find a new way to act or speak up with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle. That would be one last, and lasting, win for our beloved #6.”

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