Former Cavaliers Player and NBA Champion Just Died
Oregon State star Lonnie Shelton died at the age of 62. Shelton was also a second round pick in the NBA. The information was confirmed by multiple sources. The former Cavaliers player was placed into a medically-induced coma for a month.
Lonnie’s son, Marlon Shelton, spoke about his father’s heart attack which led to his death. According to him, the Cavaliers player had a heart attack on May 5.
Shelton was part of Oregon State before being picked by the New York Knicks in the second part of the 1976 NBA Draft. The former player joined the Knicks for two seasons, and played with the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons.
Shelton won a magnificent title with the SuperSonics in 1979. He averaged 12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game during the battle for the title.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Beaver great Lonnie Shelton. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/9za3yhR6v2
— Oregon State Hoops (@BeaverMBB) July 9, 2018
The basketball player joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1986.
Losing a close family member is one of the hardest and saddest challenges in life. It’s sad to learn about the death of loved one, and no words can ever describe the grief. We sent our thoughts and prayers to Shelton’s family and loved ones. May he rest in peace, and we’ll always remember him.