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Former Utah Jazz star center and shot blocker, 7-foot-4 Mark Eaton died on Friday after a bicycle crash, he was 64.
The Jazz announced the news on Saturday of the passing of their former 2-time NBA Defensive Player on Saturday during shoot around for their upcoming West Playoff Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to reports, Utah police found Eaton suffering from internal injuries lying in the road around 8:30 pm on Friday night. He had crashed his bike in Summit County, Utah. Eaton was taken to the hospital where he later died. The police says there is no evidence a car was involved in the crash.
The Jazz sent a statement out on the passing of Eaton.
" The Utah Jazz are profoundly saddened at the unexpected passing of Mark Eaton, who was an enduring figure in our franchise history and had a significant impact in the community after his basketball career. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Teri and their extended family."
Eaton played his entire 11-year NBA career with the Utah Jazz. He led the NBA in block shots 4 times, and averaged 5.6 per game in 1984 and '85. His block shot average is still the highest in the league since it was tracked as a statistic by the league analytics.
Eaton was an auto mechanic in 1977, he later enrolled in a community college to play basketball, and he later enrolled at UCLA.
Eaton's NBA career he averaged 6.0 points per game and 7.9 rebounds. His career 3.51 block shots per game is still the best ever in NBA history.
Eaton played some seasons with Hall of Famers John Stockton, and Karl Malone. They never won a title together, but they were very competitive against any team that came their way.
Eaton's number 53 was one of the first Jazz jerseys retired. He also made the All-Star game in 1989.
Jazz current center Rudy Gobert is reportedly saddened of the passing of his friend and menton.
" To my great mentor and friend Mark Eaton. One of a kind and an amazing human being, I'm grateful for your presence in my life over the years. Gonna miss our conversations. But I know you are watching," says Gobert on his Twitter account.