Hall of Fame NBA player Elgin Baylor has died at the age of 86. ESPN reports the Lakers legend died of natural causes on Monday and was surrounded by his wife, Elaine, and daughter, Krystal.
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“Elgin was the love of my life and my best friend,” Elaine said in the statement. “And like everyone else, I was in awe of his immense courage, dignity and the time he gave to all fans. At this time we ask that I and our family be allowed to mourn his passing in privacy.”
Baylor was an 11-time All-Star and 10-time All-NBA selection during his 14 seasons with the Lakers from 1958 to 1971. He would also win the Rookie of the Year award in 1958-59 and the All-star Game MVP the same year. He averaged a double-double for his career, posting 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds a game.